Wednesday, February 24, 2021

New Zealand: Pilot whales refloated at stranding spot - BBC News

Pilot whales refloated at stranding spot

Rescuers have successfully refloated 28 pilot whales on a notorious New Zealand beach where they had repeatedly beached themselves.

The long-finned pilot whales were part of a pod of around 50 first found on Monday at Farewell Spit, known for its mass strandings.

At least 15 from the pod have died.

However, the surviving whales, who were rescued twice, have remained close to shore and could beach themselves again, wildlife officials said.

"The live whales haven't stranded overnight, so it's looking like success right now. We're using the phrase 'cautiously optimistic'," Daren Grover, general manager of animal rescue charity Project Jonah, told news agency AFP.

Some 40 whales were pushed out to sea on Monday evening, but they swam back ashore by the next day.

A group of 50 volunteers then had to help push the 28 survivors back into the water for a second time. ..


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