Sez Martin on whale rescue training

"I'm just off to save whales" I exclaimed as I whipped out the door of our flat. Bemused looks followed. After learning about the anatomy, evolution, life cycle and more of whales and dolphins, we were soon immersed in Island Bay's icy water, putting the theory into practise so that we could become a Project Jonah trained volunteer. We received a number of funny looks and photographs from the road as we "rescued" a life-sized replica of an orca and a dolphin and returned them to the water. I was surprised to learn that New Zealand has one of the highest stranding rates in the world with over 300 dolphins and whales being stranded on our shores every year. Strandings can occur for many reasons including navigational errors, sicknesses and injuries as well as trying to help a brother out and save one of their family or friends who has become stranded. Without human help, these whales die a slow and agonising death. This is why a cause like Project Jonah is so important – laying such a vital role in ensuring the continuing existence of these great sea mammals.

To learn more about Project Jonah or to donate your 1% to them, click here.

Images kindly provided by Jo Moore Photography.