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Hundreds of Whales Dead After Mass Stranding in New Zealand

February 10, 2017

Hundreds of Whales Dead After Mass Stranding in New Zealand

Efforts are currently underway to assist one of the largest mass beachings of whales on Farewell Spit, South Island, NZ. 

Volunteers quickly gathered to keep whales calm, turn them right side up and await the incoming tides to assist them back to safe waters. 

The cause of beached whales is unknown and could be attributed to illness, navigation or distress calls of one. 

Hundreds of Whales Dead After Mass Stranding in New Zealand

Desperate efforts are underway to save dozens of pilot whales still alive after hundreds stranded themselves on a New Zealand beach, in the third largest mass stranding in the country's history.

At least 250 whales were already dead of 400 found beached on Farewell Spit in Golden Bay on the tip of the South Island Friday, the Department of Conservation said in a statement.
Rescuers attempted to refloat more than 100 whales mid-morning, of which about 50 returned to sea.


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