Whale Stranding in New Zealand
For me one of the saddest sights to hear about or witness is a massive whale stranding. That is what greeted me when I turned the TV news on last night. A big stranding of nearly 200 pilot whales occurred earlier in the day at Farewell Spit, the northern most tip of New Zealand's South Island. Many had already died, but when I went to bed the fight was on to refloat and save about 60 that were still stranded and alive.
Department of Conversation workers and volunteers were working overnight to refloat the whales at high tide. It's a dangerous place for the helpers, because of the shape and nature of the long sandy spit. Whale strandings are not uncommon in New Zealand at this time of year, but this is the largest stranding for fifteen years.
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