Second attempt to free trapped dolphins

A MOTHER dolphin and her calf trapped in Prospect Lake at East Ballina are slowly dehydrating as they await a new attempt to release them at high tide this morning.

Today's rescue attempt will involve up to 50 people from Ballina-based Australian Seabird Rescue (ASR), the Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre, rangers from the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Group and divers from Sea World.

“This time we are using a big, long net,” Southern Cross University whale researcher, Christine Fury, said. The dolphins slipped through a net in last Sunday's rescue bid.

NSW Parks and Wildlife planning officer Brian McLachlan said they would use the net to get close to the dolphins and Sea World divers would then grab them. A special sling will be used to hoist the dolphins into a trailer.

Ballina police will then escort mother and calf over North Creek Bridge to the Richmond River, where they will be released.

“We need the public to keep well clear of the rescue and keep very quiet as it is stressful for the dolphins,” ASR's Rochelle Ferris said.



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