a somewhat unique event happen just a few days ago here in australia, i’ve waited until could get some special footage, but alas the main dolphin footage eludes me. a pod of dolphins took over the cordoned off zone while hunting for food and only when “they’d decided to move on” did the sinking of the hmas adelaide proceed. nature is wonderful ain’t it.
you could think they were there to check out the new hunting grounds, as when the wreck settles and becomes a home for all sorts of sea creatures, the dolphins will be back .. saturday’s australian newspaper has a photo series of the wreck as it sits now and it’s become home to a few fish already .. it looks amazing. of course there are mixed emotions watching something like this, but it is dramatic.
aap april 13, 2011 10.38
Thousands of people turned out to watch the scuttling of the retired navy ship off Avoca Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast but a pod of dolphins that swan into the blast zone delayed the show by an hour and a half.
The frigate was due to be scuttled at 10.30am (AEST) to form an artificial reef.
A NSW Maritime spokesman said boats in the area worked to clear the dolphins and the Adelaide could not be sunk until all marine mammals were a safe distance away.
“They are chasing fish, mate,” the spokesman said. “They are moving in the right direction.”
Updated Wed Apr 13, 2011 1:45pm AEST
The decommissioned warship HMAS Adelaide has finally been scuttled on the New South Wales central coast.
It was delayed by more than an hour after a pod of dolphins followed a school of baitfish into the exclusion zone and refused to leave in time for the 10.30am (AEST) deadline.
The dolphins were finally coaxed out of the way of the former frigate and it took about a minute for the ship to sink after being imploded.
The No Ship Action Group continued to voice its objection to the sinking, skywriting the world “SHAME” above Avoca Beach this morning.
A spokeswoman for the scuttling project, Sue Dengate, says protesters’ concerns about pollution are unwarranted.
“It’s time these people put their minds and their very concerted efforts on to something that’s far more valuable,” she said.
It is hoped to become a popular dive site and marine scientist Bill Gladstone said fish such as mackeral are likely to take up residence in the sunken hull in a matter of days.
Thousands of onlookers watched today’s scuttling, with warnings of road closures and lengthy traffic delays around Terrigal, Avoca and North Avoca…
and a local film makers perspective ..