Whales stranded on Farewell Spit

Around 50 long-finned pilot whales have become stranded on Farewell Spit.

The stranded occurred at around 9:30am yesterday morning. The Department of Conservation were alerted to the whales by a tour operator.

A spokesperson said nine of the original 49 whales had died. However, the other 40 were refloated by a team of volunteers.

A team of about 65 volunteers, Department of Conservation rangers and Project Jonah experts have been keeping the mammals cool and wet throughout the day.

At about 9.30pm, the refloated whales were swimming about 80 metres offshore from the stranding site.

Conservation staff will check the beach at first light today to see whether any have re-stranded overnight.

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Toby
Toby
4 days ago

Sad

Ashley T
Ashley T
4 days ago

how did the get stranded on farewell spit when most whales stay away from shore?

Daniela
Daniela
4 days ago

That is so sad

butt hole
butt hole
4 days ago

oh sad

ranboo fan
ranboo fan
4 days ago

that’s really sad

Blackcaps super fan
Blackcaps super fan
4 days ago

Wow that is so sad

aurelia
aurelia
4 days ago

I’m glad u were able to help them and thats so sad

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