|Hundreds of beached whales died.|
Remember us disposing of 2 whales?
|Volunteers help hydrate and save whales.|
On the morning of February 10th, more than 400 pilot whales were discovered on a crescent of land on New Zealand’s South Island called Farewell Spit, according to a Department of Conservation news release. Close to 300 of them had already died.
Volunteers with whale-rescue organization Project Jonah and DoC officials managed to send 100 or so whales back to sea on February 11th, only to have 20 wash ashore again. The remaining 80 joined another nearby pod, and appeared to be safe. However, that second pod then stranded itself on Farewell Spit that evening. The New Zealand Department of Conservation sent out a call for more volunteers, warning that it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to rescue all of the beached whales. Read article.
|Human chain directing whales back to sea.|
Note photographs and map graphic. Left: Volunteers helping by Anthony Phelps/Reuters from CBC News/World/Thomson Reuters, 2/12/17, "Hundreds of whales in 2nd New Zealand stranding able to swim free.". Right: Beached whales 6 of 21 slides from SEOlium blog, image gallery: New zealand beached whales. Map from AFP/Phys.org, 1/16/14,"Stranded whales to be euthanised in New Zeland," Note map graphic caption: "Map showing Farewell Spit in New Zeland, notorious for mass pilot whale strandings." See more, The Sun, UK/Patrick Knox, 2/12/17, "Mercy Mission: New Zeland stranded whale rescuers..."
Posted by Kathy Meeh