477 Whales Died Stranded On 2 Beaches In New Zealand

477 Whales Died Stranded On 2 Beaches In New Zealand

About 477 pilot whales have died after being stranded on two remote New Zealand beaches in recent days, officials said.

Darren Grover, general manager of Project Jonah, a non-profit charitable organization that helps rescue whales, said project activists were unable to re-float all of the trapped whales, as they all died naturally or were euthanized. tragic loss.”
The whale-s dumped themselves on the Chatham Islands, which is home to about 600 people and is located 800 km east of New Zealand’s main islands.

477 Whales Died Stranded On 2 Beaches In New Zealand

New Zealand’s Department of Conservation said 232 whales were stranded on Friday at Tupwangi Beach, with another 245 whale-s stranded in Waiheri Bay on Monday.
The accident comes two weeks after about 200 pilot whale-s died in Australia after they were stranded on a remote beach on the island of Tasmania.

477 Whales Died Stranded On 2 Beaches In New Zealand

“The remoteness of the accident site, and the presence of sharks in the surrounding waters, made it difficult for volunteers to try to refloat the whale-s, as they did in previous stranding incidents,” Grover said.
“We are not actively refloating whales in the Chatham Islands due to the risk of shark attacks on humans and on the whale-s themselves, so euthanasia was the best option,” said Dave Lundquist, marine technical advisor in the Department of Environment’s Protection Division.

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