Rescue whales stranded in New Zealand
“Nearly two hundred pilot whales or pilot whales are stranded Friday on a beach in New Zealand deemed to be a death trap for marine mammals, said environmental services.
At least 24 of the 198 animals died on the beach of the peninsula of Farewell to the north of the island in the south of New Zealand, while rescuers were trying to put the survivors in the water. “Put water whale is difficult and potentially dangerous,” said Andrew Lamason, spokesman of the service of environmental protection, adding that the work was performed along with 140 volunteers trained this style of operation. He also said that if Friday night, the animals had not been returned to the sea, it would wait for the next high tide 24 hours later, for another attempt.
Beach Farewell is regularly the scene of pilot whale strandings. At least eight have occurred over the past decade, including two in just one week in January, but this Friday is one of the most important. Pilot whales, which can measure up to six meters long, are the species most common whale in New Zealand waters. There is no scientific explanation for some of this behavior, but experts suggest that healthy whales fail in coming to the aid of their group members who are sick and disoriented. ”
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