More than 140 whales rinse ashore on New Zealand beach, all die

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Around 145 commander whales were found passed on a remote beach on Stewart Island in New Zealand.
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Pilot whales, 145 of them, that cleared ashore on a southern New Zealand beach have died. Many were euthanized by charge workers.

A hiker detected a beached whales stranded ashore Saturday on Stewart Island, a remote island with a race of about 375 people. About 75 of a whales along Mason Bay were passed during a time. 

Conservation workers believed a whales were beached a day before they were found, as they were partially buried in silt and in bad health. They euthanized a remaining whales, observant they couldn’t be saved. 

“Sadly, a odds of being means to successfully re-float a remaining whales was intensely low,” Ren Leppens, the Department of Conservation’s operations manager for a island, pronounced in a statement. “The remote location, miss of circuitously crew and a whales’ deteriorating condition meant a many benevolent thing to do was to euthanize.”

Leppens told The New York Times that a beach has had 3 prior mass strandings — in 1998, over 300 whales beached nearby Mason Bay.

On Sunday at a northern finish of a country, 10 pygmy torpedo whales were found cleared ashore at Ninety Mile Beach. Two have died and charge workers are perplexing to save a other 8 by floating them from a opposite beach on a East Coast. 

It’s misleading what caused possibly stranding. In fact, many strandings sojourn a poser though wildlife experts contend sickness, descending tide, impassioned continue and being chased by a predator could minister to beaching whales.

Marine reptile strandings are common along New Zealand shores, as the Department of Conservation reports responding to about 85 incidents, some for singular animals, annually. 

Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Ashley May on Twitter: @AshleyMayTweets

 

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