145 stranded pilot whales die on remote New Zealand beach

Eight whales were transported from the West Coast to the East Coast in Northland to refloat them on Tuesday morning. Just one whale has survived after the others had to be 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.

Overnight, the creatures were safeguarded in a shallow stream to relieve the pressures on their bodies as the countdown began to re-float them offshore. The beached long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas) were found by a hiker, who alerted a Department of Conservation field office, but almost half of the animals were dead by the time authorities could reach the site. Sadly, two of the whales turned back to shore, one dying and the other having to be euthanised.

Gail Wright of Parks Victoria said samples were being taken from the remains to try to understand how the whales came to be stranded.

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Werner said about 200 people showed up to help and groups of a dozen per whale lifted the animals into the sea Tuesday morning and refloated them on the high tide.

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

Mr Parks said seal colonies in the area already attract sharks to those waters.

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

"I knew they would inevitable die", she wrote.

When conservation workers arrived, they found that 75 of the animals were already dead and they made a decision to euthanize the others due to their poor condition and remote location.

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Multiple marine mammal strandings also occurred on other New Zealand beaches over the weekend: 10 pygmy whales, a sperm whale and a dead pygmy sperm whale. Scientists believe strandings can be caused by a number of factors, such as the whales trying to escape predators, falling ill, or navigating incorrectly.

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