Nearly 200 pilot whales stranded on New Zealand beach; 24 already dead

Global News

SYDNEY (AP) — Nearly 200 pilot whales stranded themselves on New Zealand’s South Island on Friday, with hordes of rescuers rushing to the remote area in a bid to guide them back to sea.

Two dozen of the 198 whales had already died despite efforts to save the creatures, which were found stranded on Farewell Spit, a famous spot for whale beachings, Department of Conservation area manager Andrew Lamason said.

WATCH: Mass whale beachings are not uncommon in New Zealand. Around 22 died after being beached near the Bay of Plenty on New Zealand’s North Island last November.

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About 80 conservation workers and volunteers were trying to refloat the whales as high tide rolled in, Lamason said. But with such a vast number of animals stranded, workers were bracing for days of arduous work to move the whales back into the water.

And even if the whales were…

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