Nine orca have been found dead in Southland following a mass stranding.
This is only the third time in New Zealand a stranding of orca has occurred.
Included in the nine dead were a calf, its mother and at least one adult male.
At this stage it is not known why the orca stranded themselves but experts are on their way to the scene to determine the cause.
The Department of Conservation described the latest stranding as a blow to New Zealand’s small orca population.
There are only 200 orca in New Zealand and to lose nine is a crucial blow to the population levels.
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