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Whale tale: DFO uses fake whale for Nanaimo rescue drill

Ian Holmes

socastcmsRssStartIan HolmessocastcmsRssEndA fake 6-meter long whale was used during a rescue drill at Departure Bay Beach Tuesday morning.

By Ian Holmes

NANAIMO — A blow-up whale may have looked like the real thing but it was only a drill by DFO personnel testing new rescue equipment at Departure Bay Beach.

Paul Cottrell, regional coordinator for marine mammal rescue for the DFO, told NanaimoNewsNOW four sets of more advanced rescue equipment for mid-sized west coast whales arrived over the past six months.

He said about a dozen fisheries officers stabilized and released the fake whale during a 45-minute drill Tuesday morning on the popular Nanaimo beach.

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