Helpers come too late: Almost a hundred pilot whales in new Zealand stranded

In new Zealand are again found dead, dozens of whales. The pilot whales were stranded at the weekend on the Chatham Islands in the South Pacific, informed the n

Helpers come too late: Almost a hundred pilot whales in new Zealand stranded

In new Zealand are again found dead, dozens of whales. The pilot whales were stranded at the weekend on the Chatham Islands in the South Pacific, informed the nature conservation authority on Wednesday. 69 whales were already dead by the time the helpers had reached the remote Region. 28 pilot whales and three dolphins had to be euthanized due to their poor condition.

The Chatham Islands of new Zealand's South island lie some 800 kilometres to the East. There, in 1918, were stranded around a thousand whales – the largest Mass stranding in the history of the country. Why the marine mammals lose the orientation is unclear. Presumably, they follow a stray or sick animal in shallow waters.

pilot whales up to six meters long. They are the most common in new Zealand waters, occurring Cetacean species.

Updated Date: 01 December 2020, 01:20

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