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14 whales Dead from a pod of more than 80 beached – New Zealand *PIC*

Sunday, February 6, 2011 19:59
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Whales dead in mass beaching

February 5, 2011

At least 14 whales from a pod of more than 80 beached on the New Zealand coast have died, with officials fearing others may be stranded elsewhere after freeing themselves on Saturday.

Department of Conservation staff were searching beaches west of the South Island tourist city of Nelson looking for survivors.

“We don’t know whether they have managed to swim safely (out to) sea or whether they may have stranded somewhere else along the coast,” department spokeswoman Trish Grant said.

                              

New Zealand residents rush to try and save pilots whales stranded at Puponga Point in Golden Bay. Photo: Stephen Amos/Nelson Mail

Residents at Farewell Spit, 150 kilometres from Nelson, said the whales began beaching themselves early on Friday afternoon.

                    

Conservation staff rushed to the area to keep the whales cool and hydrated in the afternoon sun but 14 had died before they refloated themselves on a midnight..Contunue…theage.com.au

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  • Phoopfist

    Thats extremely sad, i hate seeing mammals die like this.. even if it is natural

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