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New Zealand: 40 beached pilot whales cared for by volunteers but concerns remain02:29

New Zealand: 40 beached pilot whales cared for by volunteers but concerns remain

New Zealand, Farewell Spit
February 23, 2021 at 13:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

A pod of long-finned pilot whales were rescued on Monday by volunteers at Farewell Spit, a remote beach on New Zealand's South Island. The whales had washed up and ashore and were beached when found.

According to the Department of Conservation (DOC), the pod originally contained 49 of the whales, but nine have died. The remaining 40 were kept alive by a team of over 60 volunteers. The volunteers have been using buckets of water to keep the whales hydrated as well as preventing them from turning over and putting pressure on their fins. They waited until high tide returned, which enabled them to return to the water.

According to conservationists, over 200 volunteers were then required to form a barrier that pushed the pod back out to sea. However, the whales have since remained in shallow water and there are fears they may beach themselves again.

Farewell spit was the site of between 600-700 whales becoming stranded in 2017, over 250 died on that occasion.

New Zealand: 40 beached pilot whales cared for by volunteers but concerns remain02:29
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A pod of long-finned pilot whales were rescued on Monday by volunteers at Farewell Spit, a remote beach on New Zealand's South Island. The whales had washed up and ashore and were beached when found.

According to the Department of Conservation (DOC), the pod originally contained 49 of the whales, but nine have died. The remaining 40 were kept alive by a team of over 60 volunteers. The volunteers have been using buckets of water to keep the whales hydrated as well as preventing them from turning over and putting pressure on their fins. They waited until high tide returned, which enabled them to return to the water.

According to conservationists, over 200 volunteers were then required to form a barrier that pushed the pod back out to sea. However, the whales have since remained in shallow water and there are fears they may beach themselves again.

Farewell spit was the site of between 600-700 whales becoming stranded in 2017, over 250 died on that occasion.