By Isabella Pittaway

Posted December ten, 2015 ten:28:01

Yorke Peninsula Council Mayor Ray Agnew unveiling a plaque set on a rock near the beach where seven sperm whales died Photo: Yorke Peninsula Council Mayor Ray Agnew unveils a plaque for the seven sperm whales that beached themselves near Ardrossan. (Supplied: Yorke Peninsula Council)

Plaques have been set into rocks and trees planted for every single of the seven sperm whales that died after beaching themselves at Ardrossan in South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula in December last year.

A regional loved ones recommended the tribute to the Yorke Peninsula Council to commemorate the occasion.

The council’s Mayor Ray Agnew mentioned the seven rocks have been placed close to the beach in the pattern the whales were found stranded.

A plaque describing the specifics of the beaching has also been placed nearby.

Mr Agnew said school students chose a name for every whale to be engraved on the plaques.

“The Ardrossan school students had been provided the chance to individually name the whales and they came up with the names Ardy, I assume from Ardrossan, Pasadena which is like seaweed, then they’ve got Splash, Fin, Smoothie and Diver,” he mentioned.

Mr Agnew said the memorial also highlighted the community’s efforts in handling the largest recorded beaching of sperm whales in South Australia.

“It’s anything none of us had come across ahead of and the State Government departments didn’t have any way of handling it as nicely,” he said.

“They had some employees there function for a couple of days but most of the perform was carried out by council and [mining business] Arrium officers and also Ardrossan Earth Moving, they worked incredibly well so we had been in a position to get it completed.”

A group from the South Australian Museum is still determining what brought on the seven whales to come ashore.

A plaque explaining the deaths of seven sperm whales that beached themselves near Ardrossan Photo: The Yorke Peninsula Council has placed a sign close to a beach in Ardrossan exactly where seven sperm whales have been found beached a year ago.

Subjects: animals, human-interest, environmental-management, environment, ardrossan-5571, sa, australia

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