Wellington: Rescuers had been running since Monday to rescue dozens of pilots. The whale That is spread on the beach New Zealand Wildlife officials said notorious onshore for large-scale wandering.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) said that 49 long-term pods Pilot whale On Monday at Farewell Spit, about 90 kilometers (55 mi) to the north South Island Nelson’s tourism city.
The DOC said that by mid-afternoon, nine whales had died and more than 60 people were working to save them.
The DOC spokesman said, “Marine mammals will assist in rescuing the Madel whales and taking care of them on the beach, until they can be cooled, they will remain calm.”
The Farewell Spit is 26 kilometers of sand that spills into the sea at Golden Bay.
It has been the scene of at least 10 pilot whale strandings in the last 15 years, most recently in February 2017, when marine mammals had about 700 beaches, resulting in 250 deaths.
Scientists are not clear why the beach is so deadly, although one theory is that the spit creates shallow seas in the bay that interfere with the whale’s sonar navigation system.
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