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In June 1985 approximately 62 False Killer Whales stranded at Crowdy Head, New South Wales, at least 33 of which were refloated in a three-day rescue operation. The successful operation involved overland transport of the whales and use of a still-water holding area. The cohesion and singlemindedness of a large group of National Parks and Wildlife Service personnel and volunteers also contributed to the success of the operation. This paper outlines the management practices used and the problems experienced, and proposes further considerations for cetacean stranding contingency plans.

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