Orca Guardians is an independent conservation nonprofit dedicated to the protection of orcas in Iceland and their habitat through non-invasive research and education.

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Orca Guardians Iceland

A subadult male orca that stranded in New Zealand has been successfully refloated and returned to the ocean! Great job!!Orca Rescue Marfell’s Beach
The Orca Research Trust and Whale-Rescue wants to extent a huge thank you to all who participated in rescuing the sub-adult male orca who was reported stranded on the 12th of November. On the 13th he was refloated and successfully returned to the ocean, swimming off strongly after a short pause for him to rest. This rescue wouldn’t have been possible without the massive effort given by the NZ Military, so a special thanks goes out to them, but of course each and every person involved played a vital role in this event. There were kind folks who; provided food and hot drinks, stayed with him overnight, organized logistics behind the scenes, provided equipment including rescue pontoons, planes, 4x4 vehicles etc, flew planes to get team members on site, cleaned the beach after the event and a myriad of other contributions. We thank you all ! For those who were sending the whale and us good wishes – we appreciate the support. We are hoping to get a few more photos online soon, but we have a lot of gear to clean and sort out first, so please be patient with us as we are very small team and there is a lot of work to be urgently done as we never know when the next event will occur.
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A subadult male orca that stranded in New Zealand has been successfully refloated and returned to the ocean! Great job!!
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