Whales in New Zealand – 01/01/2006

  • November 23, 2013 at 1:10 am #1109

    Hi All
    NAturally no one really knows what the cause is of all the dead and
    dying animals, but given the general health of the human population,
    I’d have to guess something is all wrong.

    49 whales dead in New Zealand
    01/01/2006 11:56 – (SA)

    Wellington – Forty-nine pilot whales died after a mass stranding at
    a remote beach on Farewell Spit, at the top of New Zealand’s South
    Island, the Department of Conservation announced on Sunday.
    Eight of the whales died within a few hours of the pod being
    stranded on Saturday and the others had to be shot because the sea
    was too rough and the site too remote to launch a rescue operation,
    officials said.

    A department spokeperson told Radio New Zealand the whales were not
    thought to be from the same pod that stranded on Puponga Beach, near
    Farewell Spit, before Christmas.

    The latest stranding occurred at low tide about one kilometre from
    shore and the whales were spread over six hectares.
    Department spokesperson Greg Napp said it would have been too
    dangerous to try to refloat the whales as anyone who lost their
    footing may have been swept out to sea. – Sapa-dpa

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