after around 400 whales were found thrashing tales in distress and stranded on
a beach on Thursday causing the death of around 300 whales, the situation worsened
this morning when another 240 arrived in the same place causing more chaos for
the many volunteers trying desperately to refloat the desperate whales. Earlier
on Saturday, volunteers had refloated some 100 of the more than 400 pilot
whales which beached on Thursday.
But a human chain, with volunteers wading
neck-deep into the water, failed to prevent a fresh pod making landfall.
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whales is thought to be one of the worst ever in the world.
died while medics and members of the public tried to keep survivors alive by
cooling them with water.
that survive can be moved back out to sea during the next high tide in daylight
arrive on the 5km-long (three miles-long) beach next to Golden Bay.
One theory is that they may have been
driven on to land by sharks, after bite marks were found on one of the dead
department of conservation told the BBC that the whales were trying to get
round the top of South Island, but if their navigation went wrong they ended up
on the beach.
of echolocation was impaired.
get lost in there and you are a whale,” he said.