Around 100 pilot whales die in mass stranding in New Zealand

Rodiano Bonacci
Novembre 28, 2020

Ms Welch said 28 pilot whales, including two that beached on Monday after the initial stranding, and three dolphins were euthanised.

The Chatham Islands are a hotspot for whale stranding.

Ranger Jemma Welch, DOC Biodiversity Ranger said that only 26 of the whales were still alive at that point of time and the majority of them resembling very weak.

The officials revealed that most of the dolphins were stranded during the weekends, but the distant location of the island has thwarted the rescue attempts.

Representatives from the Indigenous Hokotehi Moriori Trust and Ngāti Mutunga o Wharekauri Iwi Trust performed a karakii/karakia - a prayer, or incantation - to honour the spirit of the whales on Sunday, the department added.

It is believed that a lot of them passed away after being stranded.

Officials say the power outage and remote location of New Zealand's far eastern islands, about 500 miles east of the country's South Island, means that Defense Rangers did not reach the West Coast until 3 p.m.

Earlier this month an overnight rescue operation was launched after 100 whales became stranded on a Sri Lankan beach.

The Chatham Islands of New Zealand are almost 500 miles away from the east coast of the country.

While mass stranding has been common in modern history, but is the cause for the same, seems to be a matter of puzzlement for marine biologists.

In September, almost 400 pilot whales died in a mass stranding in multiple locations off the west coast of Tasmania, Australia.

There are various theories for why beachings occur.

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