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07-November-2019
07-November-2019

Photographs supplied by Michael Kuilboer
The memorial commemorates the beaching of seven sperm whales on the 8th December 2014. The memorial consists of a series of dolomite boulders, donated by Arrium Mining, placed in the pattern that the the whales were stranded. 

The sperm whales became stranded on a beach at low tide not far from the town of Ardrossan on 8th December 2014 and died on Monday. Six whales were stranded 50 metres off Parara Beach on a sand bank, while the seventh was discovered near the local jetty. An eighth whale was spotted earlier in the week but was pushed out to deeper water by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and was not been seen again.

Location

Address:82 Parara Beach Road , Parara Beach, Ardrossan , 5571
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.457478
Long: 137.910066
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Animals

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 8th December, 2015
Front Inscription

Plaque :
This memorial is to commemorate the beaching of 7 Sperm Whales on the 8th of December 2014

Officially opened on the 8th December 2015 by Mayor Ray Agnew, Yorke Peninsula Council and Catherine Kemper, Curator of Mammals, South Australia Museum 
Yorke Peninsula Council
Agriculturally rich - Naturally beautiful

Plaque :
SPERM WHALE 2 
Physeter macrocephalus
        Ardie 
Beached on 8th December 2014
Length - 10.7m 
Sex-Female
Plaque :
SPERM WHALE 3 
Physeter macrocephalus
   Posidonia (Seaweed) 
Beached on 8th December 2014
Length - 10.6m 
Sex-Female
Plaque :
SPERM WHALE 4 
Physeter macrocephalus
 Splash
Beached on 8th December 2014
Length - 11.0m 
Sex-Female
Plaque 5:
SPERM WHALE 5 
Physeter macrocephalus
           Fin
Beached on 8th December 2014
Length - 10.7m 
Sex-Female
Plaque :
SPERM WHALE 6
Physeter macrocephalus
   Smoothy
Beached on 8th December 2014
Length - 10.0m 
Sex-Female
Plaque :
SPERM WHALE 7
Physeter macrocephalus
        Diver
Beached on 8th December 2014
Length - 11.2m 
Sex-Female










 

Source: MA
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