More than 20 whales die in mass beaching in New Zealand

Dec 27, 2009
Volunteers attempt to save Pilot whales in May 2009. More than 20 pilot whales died in a mass beaching in New Zealand Sunday while another 40 were successfully herded back to sea, conservation officials said.

More than 20 pilot whales died in a mass beaching in New Zealand Sunday while another 40 were successfully herded back to sea, conservation officials said.

About 63 whales were stranded on the Coromandel Peninsula on the east of North Island.

Department of Conservation staff assisted by hundreds of volunteers managed to help most of the whales back out to sea during the afternoon high tide at Colville Bay but a spokesman said 21 died on the beach.

People were working to bury the dead whales when the tide went out, Newstalk ZB reported.

However, there was also a fear the surviving might try to return to the beach on the next tide and conservation workers were to keep an overnight watch on the area.

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plasticpower
not rated yet Dec 28, 2009
Isn't the water really cold out there? Kudos to the people risking their health to help some whales.

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