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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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AliCanary wrote on February 14, 2015, 2:39 PM

Human beings do a lot of things wrong where the planet is concerned, but one thing that really heartens me to see is how hard people fight to save animals who are in distress.

valmnz wrote on February 14, 2015, 2:51 PM

There's never any shortage of volunteers in situations such as this here. I know I'd help if I lived near the places they seem to strand.

bestwriter wrote on February 14, 2015, 8:07 PM

This earth is not a happy place for the flora and the fauna any more. Partly the work of human beings. Nature is no less playing its role.

valmnz wrote on February 14, 2015, 9:26 PM

Unfortunately whale strandings have existed for as long as there have been whales. It's a sad part of nature.

RonElFran wrote on February 15, 2015, 12:05 AM

As far as I know, they've never figured out exactly why whales strand themselves on the beach. As you say, it's something you don't want to see happen, but there appears to be nothing we can do to stop it. I'm glad people are so dedicated to helping the stranded whales.

cheri wrote on February 15, 2015, 12:42 AM

I have never seen a great whale in my lifetime. I wish I can see that magnificent sight.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 15, 2015, 6:43 AM

It was reported on Spanish news and upset me too.

DarkSinistar wrote on February 16, 2015, 11:56 PM

This actually made it onto our local news here in eastern North Carolina. Whales are such awesome creatures. It is sad to have so many that could not be saved.