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Tue May 26 13:45:26 SAST 2015

28 pilot whales die on New Zealand beach

Sapa-dpa | 15 November, 2012 08:58
Pilot whales. File picture
Image by: NZ Department of Conservation / AFP Photo

Twelve pilot whales died Thursday and another 16 had to be euthanised after a pod stranded on Farewell Spit, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, the Department of Conservation said.

Department spokesman Hans Stoffregen said it was too dangerous to try to refloat the survivors, who were sick, on the next high tide at midnight (1100 GMT) and they were unlikely to survive until the next high tide 12 hours later.

Stoffregen said the decision to put down the survivors was made after discussions with the Project Jonah whale protection organisation and local Maori tribe leaders.

He said earlier that the whales were washed up high on the beach by an unusually high tide and they had to be sick because they would not normally die so quickly.

Strandings are common on the 24-kilometre long sandspit and whales often beach themselves again after being refloated.


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