More than 30 whales die in mass stranding

2011-11-15 08:34

Wellington, New Zealand – Thirty-four pilot whales were stranded on a remote part of New Zealand’s coast today after failing to re-float themselves on the high tide.

Thirty-one of the whales that beached a day earlier had died. Conservation officials said it was too dangerous to try to refloat the surviving pod stranded on Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island in a tidal area notorious for whale beachings.

Department of Conservation spokesperson John Mason told Radio New Zealand the whales had moved a little closer up the beach during the day, which was not good news.

It was hoped that they would be able to re-float themselves on the high tide early tomorrow. He said the location was too remote and dangerous for an attempt to rescue them.

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