New Zealand whales: Hundreds refloat on high tide at Farewell Spit

More than 200 whales stranded on a remote beach in New Zealand on Saturday have refloated themselves and returned to sea.

But conservation officials have warned that they could still turn back to the beach at Farewell Spit, South Island.

Earlier, volunteers managed to refloat some 100 of the more than 400 pilot whales which beached on Thursday.

However a human chain, with volunteers wading neck-deep into the water, failed to prevent a fresh pod making landfall.

“The 240-odd whales that had stranded between Puponga and Pakawau late on Saturday have mostly refloated themselves on last night’s high tide and are milling around in shallow water,” conservation spokesman Herb Christophers said.

Seventeen of the group which remained stranded were refloated by rescuers and volunteers who were working on the spit.

A volunteer tends to a whale as they prepare to refloat them after one of the country's largest recorded mass whale strandings, in Golden Bay, at the top of New Zealand's South Island, 12 February 2017

The environmental group Project Jonah, which is assisting with the rescue, has a plane flying over the bay to keep track of the whales’ movements.

The whale stranding is one of the worst ever in New Zealand. Dozens of volunteers have turned out to help since the incident was first reported on Thursday.

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.

Képtalálat a következőre: „New Zealand whales: Hundreds refloat on high tide at Farewell Spit”

It is not clear why the whales continue to arrive on the 5km-long (three mile-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 whales.

Képtalálat a következőre: „New Zealand whales: Hundreds refloat on high tide at Farewell Spit”

Mr Christophers, from 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 echo location was impaired.

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

Map showing Golden Bay in New Zealand

Experts say that whales that become beached will send out distress signals attracting other members of their pod, who then also get stranded by a receding tide.

Sometimes the whales are simply old, sick, or injured.

Képtalálat a következőre: „New Zealand whales: Hundreds refloat on high tide at Farewell Spit”

Andrew Lamason, from New Zealand’s department of conservation, said those refloated had been tagged, whereas the latest arrivals were not, indicating that they were a new group.

He said 20 whales had been humanely killed by conservation workers as they were in a poor condition.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Advertisements
DC Elseworlds

Live your fantasy here

My Life as an Artist (2)

Smile! You’re at the best WordPress.com site ever

Green lights ahead

If you could go anywhere you wanted, where would you be headed right now?

Minttea

In the end,we'll all become stories. Write and live a good one.

Live Your Truth

Inspiring positive change via my writing, photography and travel from around the globe.

Chinese Characters Decomposition

Chinese, language, learn, speak, write, textbook, contract, beginner, advanced, intermediate, commercial, marketing, correspondence, characters, radicals, decomposition, business, numbers, numerals, contract, email

Mobile Photography Tips

“Mobile Photography Tips” is the blog run by Alex Markovich. It is so obvious that our smartphones have become, first and foremost, instruments for taking pictures and surfing the net, rather than tools for making calls.

tripx713

A new and Improved Trip!

Flash 365

"Oh! Take a shit, read a story" - My Mother on Flash Fiction

Food for Poetryy

eat, sip, travel, click, pen down poetry = Helps best reflect on life !

Shafa Home

feeling the healing, healing the feeling

The World According to Keitho

Just another WordPress.com weblog

malimachhindra11

Smile! You’re at the best WordPress.com site ever

WiseDrugged

Share Wisdom. Live Abundantly.

Nevada State Personnel WATCH

Exposing the rampant wholesale corruption

subsenergy.wordpress.com/

Wild Wells Ecology

Through Owl's eyes...

Live Music, Art, Events and Travel in a Virtual World - Second Life

%d bloggers like this: