Whale stranding: 120 beached again

Stranding Whales. Up to 120 of the 300 pilot whales who were heading out to sea at high tide earlier today did not make it the 26km along the sandspit to safety. Photo / Tim Cuff

Whale stranding: 120 beached again 

Up to 120 of the 300 pilot whales who were heading out to sea at high tide earlier today did not make it the 26km along the sandspit to safety. Photo / Tim Cuff

Whale stranding: 120 beached again




Stranding Whales. Up to 120 of the 300 pilot whales

Two groups of previously stranded whales at Farewell Spit in Golden Bay are beached again and Department of Conservation is urgently calling for more volunteers.

Up to 120 of the 300 pilot whales who were heading out to sea at high tide earlier today did not make it the 26km along the sandspit to safety.

DoC Nelson ranger Kath Inwood said two groups of whales, 70 in one and 50 in the other, were beached about 3km from the original stranding on Thursday night involving 416 whales.

Of those 300 died and the rest were successfully refloated today and joined another pod of 200.

Inwood said local volunteers were now being called on to help care for the whales until dark, but anyone joining the rescue effort must have a wetsuit.

“We want people with wetsuits, buckets and sheets.”

The difficult decision has been made to euthanise 20 pilot whales that have stranded again in New Zealand, but 80 refloated whales remain offshore.

Eighty of the 100 whales refloated at Farewell Spit on Saturday morning have joined the second pod of 200 whales, the Department of Conservation says.

They are offshore 6km further up the spit and will be monitored by boats.





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