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.
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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