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Plans to move stranded whale out of lagoon

October 11, 2012 5:02 am

Efforts are underway to guide a whale out of a lagoon in Totoya in the Lau Group.

The nine metre whale has been stranded in the lagoon since last week.

Villagers in Totoya told FBC News, the whale came with two others through the Daveta Tabu passage into the lagoon.

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Two of the whales managed to swim out to sea while the third got caught in the lagoon.

Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society International experts say the whale has become disoriented and is unable to find its way back to the sea.

They have suggested that a rescue team from the village use small boats to slowly herd the mammal towards the exit point of the lagoon.

A US government expert on whaling David Schofield and the Department of Fisheries are working with the villagers to rescue the whale.

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