New Zealand rescuers save stranded whales

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More Than 140 Whales Die After Mass Stranding in New Zealand

They all died, or were euthanised.

This scene was discovered by a hiker who ws trekking to a nearby field base so as to report the incident, this is according to the new Zealand department of conservation and by the time the authorities incharge arrived at the scene seventy five of the whales were already dead and because of the health of the remaining whales which was compromised, the authorities chose to shoot the other remaining whales as a final act of mercy.

Werner said the whales were then placed in a tidal stream to relieve the pressure on their bodies.

"They are scattered along the beach over a long distance".

They were transported on a convoy of trailers to Rarawa Beach on the opposite coast, where it was hoped calmer conditions would improve the chances of a successful refloating, on Monday evening.

The pilot whales were discovered by a walker late on Saturday 24 November, but by then, half of the whales washed up on Mason Bay were already dead, and the authorities had to euthanise the remainder as it would have been too hard to try and get them back in the water.

The last remaining pygmy whale from the original pod is being monitored.

"Desperately we grabbed their tails and pushed and yelled, before we got hammered by them thrashing around".

She said her friend ran 15 kilometers (9 miles) to a hut to tell rangers and she stayed with the whales, dragging the smallest baby back into the water every few minutes before it would beach itself again. "I sank to my knees in the sand screaming in frustration and crying, with the sound of dozens of dying whales behind me, utterly alone".

New Zealand witnesses regular whale strandings, with the DoC responding up to 85 incidents a year, mostly involving single animals. It could also be a combination of factors that causes the animals to strand, but those reasons remain unknown.

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