More whale horror after 400 whales stranded on a beach in New Zealand resulting in 300 deaths 240 more arrive


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    An absolute disaster has struck New Zealand
    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.

    Photo Los Angeles Times

    The stranding now involving around 640
    whales is thought to be one of the worst ever in the world.
    More than 300 of the 400 original arrivals
    died while medics and members of the public tried to keep survivors alive by
    cooling them with water.
    It is hoped that those of the new arrivals
    that survive can be moved back out to sea during the next high tide in daylight
    on Sunday.
    It is not clear why the whales continue to
    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

    Photo Gizmodo

    Herb Christophers of New Zealand’s
    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.
    In the shallower waters, the animals’ use
    of echolocation was impaired.

    “It’s a very difficult place if you
    get lost in there and you are a whale,” he said.

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