In deep water, happily

Volunteers had their fingers crossed last night that a sperm whale refloated from Timaru’s Caroline Bay would stay clear of the beach.

The whale was stranded near the beach yesterday morning, sparking a large operation to get it back out to sea.

By about 8pm, marine animal charity Project Jonah said the whale had been refloated and was swimming in open water.

Police were expected to remain at the beach overnight, and Department of Conservation staff would be checking beaches at dawn this morning.

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