More pilot whales die from beachings in New Zealand

January 23, 2012NEW ZEALANDAbout 22 pilot whales stranded around Farewell Spit have died and fears are mounting for the remaining 77 as rescuers pack up for the evening. Project Jonah chief executive Kimberly Muncaster told NZ Newswire volunteers had tried desperately to save the whales which became stranded just after midday. “It was very sad,” she said. “But there was nothing more that we could have done.” Volunteers had begun leaving the scene for the evening about 8.45pm on Monday for safety reasons. Ms Muncaster said although there was only a small chance the remaining live whales would refloat at high tide about 11pm, she remained hopeful. Volunteers had spent the afternoon trying to keep the whales cool and upright. Project Jonah marine mammal medics have also been called to give the whales first aid. Rescue efforts were due to resume at first light on Tuesday. The spot where the whales were stranded is close to Farewell Spit, where 25 were stranded early in January. Seven of those whales died, while 65 whales died after becoming stranded in the same area in November. –NZ News
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4 Responses to More pilot whales die from beachings in New Zealand

  1. K says:

    So sad. 😦


  2. Jared says:

    Look for a large EQ in that area over the next week.


  3. morgean23 says:

    This makes me so sad.


  4. nickk0 says:

    Here is a question – for Alvin, or anyone else who can answer.

    I suppose that a certain amount of whale beachings, is a ‘normal’ occurence, and probably have been going on for hundreds of thousands of years.

    However, does it seem that there are more whale beachings THAN NORMAL, recently ?
    Not only that, but it appears that there are more reports of ‘mass beachings’ than before.

    Is this actually the case ?
    Are there any marine organizations or entities, that keep track of such data ?

    – Nick


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