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Seasonal campfire restrictions commence in national parks and reserves

25/09/2019

Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from Saturday 28th September at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

Mammoth effort to rescue Narawntapu whales

14/12/2005

The PWS played a lead role in the attempted rescue of four sperm whales at Bakers Beach on Tuesday.

The 10-metre-long whales, each weighing about 20 tonnes, were discovered by tourists camping just behind the beach in Narawntapu National Park.

Northern Parks and Reserves Manager Chris Emms was incident controller for the difficult rescue operation which was made more challenging by the sheer size of the whales, low tide and shallow water.

As always with whale rescues, those at the scene offered help.

A group of RAAF cadets camping at Narawntapu helped with crowd control, the Port Sorell-Hawley Surf Life Saving Club used their boat to check for more whales in the area and the State Emergency Service provided great backup.

Despite intense rescue efforts by PWS and DPIWE officers and about 30 volunteers, only one whale survived the day.

A moat was dug around the whale and a pump sprayed water to keep it cool and wet.

It was hoped the whale would be able to right itself to meet the high tide. However it died early on Wednesday morning.

Samples will be taken from the whales before they are buried.

While the result was disappointing, useful information was gained from the rescue attempt.

Sperm whales are the largest of the toothed whale. They spend 90 per cent of their time in deep water and feed on squid and fish.

The last recorded stranding of sperm whales in Tasmania was in December last year when 20 died at Trial Harbour.

A sperm whale was herded out to sea from Macquarie Harbour in June 2004 and 11 died on Flinders Island in March 2003.

Mammoth effort to rescue Narawntapu whales

Parks staff and a volunteer kept the whale cool by pouring water onto it.