HONG KONG — A whole lot of pilot whales that swam into the shallow waters of a New Zealand bay died in a single day after they received caught within the waterway and beached themselves on the shoreline.
More than 500 rescuers tried frantically to ship the pilot whales again out to sea, however a minimum of 250 died in what officers referred to as one of many worst whale strandings in New Zealand’s historical past.
Makes an attempt to refloat the remaining whales throughout excessive tide met with partial success. About 50 whales had swum out of the bay after excessive tide, in keeping with the Department of Conservation, however as many as 90 others had re-beached themselves by Friday afternoon. Volunteers mentioned they’d attempt to refloat the stranded whales once more on Saturday.
Whale strandings at Farewell Spit, on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, occur most years, Kath Inwood, a ranger, instructed The Associated Press. However the excessive variety of whales trapped this 12 months has shocked conservation officers.
The whale stranding was the biggest within the nation since 1985, when 450 have been stranded close to Auckland. New Zealand has one of many highest charges of whale strandings, that are believed to happen when the mammals, who’re identified for his or her social bonding, make navigational errors whereas chasing prey, escaping predators or attempting to guard sick members of the group.