Another mass stranding- scores of whales wash up on New Zealand beaches

November 15, 2011NEW ZEALAND Thirty-two pilot whales were confirmed dead today while the lives of 34 others hung in the balance after a mass stranding on tidal flats off New Zealand’s South Island. The remote location of the stranding meant rescuers were unable to help the marine mammals and their survival will depend on the tide, the Department of Conservation’s area manager, John Mason, told the Nelson Mail. Mr. Mason said the whales, up to five metros long, were stranded on the tidal flats at the tip of Farewell Spit in Golden Bay, located nearly three kilometers offshore at the northern end of South Island. “There’s really nothing we can do for them so we just have to hope that they manage to get out by themselves,” Mr. Mason added. The deaths of the mammals follow the stranding in Australia’s island state of Tasmania over the weekend. Twenty-three sperm whales, up to 18 meters long, died after they became stuck on Ocean Beach, near Strahan, on Saturday. One of the whales died overnight on Monday, leaving the sole surviving whale stranded off a nearby sandbank at Fraser Flats. Rescuers had to abandon their attempts to refloat the final whale today due to wild weather, The Mercury reported. “We were aware we had only a small weather window to work in today and, as forecast, the strong winds and high seas have interrupted our attempts,” incident controller Chris Arthur, from the Parks and Wildlife Service, said. He did not reveal any details as to when the rescue operation would resume. –News.com
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17 Responses to Another mass stranding- scores of whales wash up on New Zealand beaches

  1. Jack says:

    sad 😦

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  2. Irene Carmichael says:

    Oh my, not again. This makes me want to cry. I know there are a lot of theories floating around, but I would love to know what is causing this.

    Maranatha

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  3. Steve says:

    Salutations,

    Could this be related to the earthquakes near Antarctica recently?

    Regards.

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  4. Ernestisms says:

    I have a really bad feeling about this…If I were a betting person, I would put the odds at better than 50/50 that a major component to what may be causing these whales to beach has something to do with the magnetic poles reversing. Think about it, Whales, birds, fish and other sentient life migrate based on the Earths magnetic field. Something, (maybe several “somethings”) is off kilter here…

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  5. Siddha says:

    Just to let everyone know, that last time when whales were stranded on a New Zealand Beach, there was a large earthquake a week after I believe. Same also with Japan.

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    • Donna says:

      Don’t say that, I live here. lol Actually, my grandmother and her sister said they saw earthquake skies about a week ago 2 days in a row. Pink and green lining the clouds. They told me that can happen up to a month before and after a large earthquake. ;>_> Guess we’ll have to see. And about these whales….I’m not sure it’s 100% natural. Too many mass animal deaths going on, some who don’t rely on the magnetic fields.

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  6. Bonniedean says:

    I’m not a scientist, but I believe its the earthquakes messing with the whales “GPS system”.

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  7. Althea Hanna says:

    I read somewhere (not very helpful I know) that a marine biologist had found the stomach’s of stranded whales were empty! It’s just tragic!

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  8. David shaw says:

    There are suggestions of a correlation between whale strandings and earthquakes.
    http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/can-whale-strandings-help-predict-earthquakes.html

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  9. elijahsmom3 says:

    So much sadness.

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  10. tee says:

    This is so sad. I have read somewhere awhile ago how whales strand before a big earthquake. I hope we (NZ) are not in for another big one. Or anywhere else in the world:(

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