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victor tango
13th Feb 2015, 09:05
More than 170 whales stranded on New Zealand beach
By Jethro Mullen, CNN
Updated 0558 GMT (1358 HKT) February 13, 2015
Story highlights
Twenty-four of the 198 pilot whales stranded on Farewell Spit have already died
Conservation officials and volunteers will try to refloat the surviving whales
(CNN)Conservationists are racing to try to save more than 170 whales stranded on a remote beach on New Zealand's South Island.

Twenty-four of the 198 pilot whales stuck on the beach have already died, New Zealand's Department of Conservation said Friday.

The department's staff, helped by 140 volunteers, were planning to try to refloat the giant mammals as the tide rose Friday evening, it said.

The whales are stuck on Farewell Spit, a thin claw of land that reaches out into the sea from the northern tip of the South Island.

The spit forms the top of Golden Bay, which is known as a stranding hotspot because of its protruding coastline, gently sloping beaches and system of currents.

The Department of Conservation advised the public not to try to come and help the efforts to save the whales.

"Refloating stranded whales is a difficult and potentially dangerous job, so it's important we have the right people on the ground tonight trying to get these whales back to safety," said Andrew Lamason, the department's services manager for Golden Bay.

But if the efforts are unsuccessful, help may be needed Saturday to keep the whales cool and wet until the next high tide, authorities said.

Surrounded by oceans rich in marine life, New Zealand has one of the highest stranding rates for sea mammals in the world.

CNN's Mitra Mobasherat contributed to this report.

Ancient Mariner
13th Feb 2015, 09:49
Call the fake "Captain" Paul Watson, or better still, call a Norwegian whaler. A real tragedy would be wasting all that great meat.
Per

rh200
13th Feb 2015, 10:29
Call the fake "Captain" Paul Watson, or better still, call a Norwegian whaler. A real tragedy would be wasting all that great meat.
Per

Actually I was thinking the Japs myself.:p

Ancient Mariner
13th Feb 2015, 11:57
Better than wasting them, I'd say.
Per

finfly1
13th Feb 2015, 15:05
Several hours already and nobody has yet blamed US submarine???

rgbrock1
13th Feb 2015, 16:38
finfly1 wrote:

Several hours already and nobody has yet blamed US submarine???

Or Bush. :}:E

Choxolate
13th Feb 2015, 16:42
Several hours already and nobody has yet blamed US submarine???
I blame US submarines :ok:

rgbrock1
13th Feb 2015, 17:01
Choxolate wrote:

I blame US submarines

I blame Bush. It's all his fault.

11Fan
13th Feb 2015, 18:36
Apparently, they have now declared an SOS.


Shitload of Sushi

rh200
13th Feb 2015, 20:24
I blame Bush. It's all his fault.

Actually there's virtually no room left to lay blame in the press over here, to busy blaming or taking the p!ss out of our PM. If they could fit it in they would blame him for the whales as well.:p

Quizling
13th Feb 2015, 22:17
I'm surprised you aussies haven't managed to blame the whales for Abbott!

airship
14th Feb 2015, 15:46
But UK PM David Cameron would like to ship the UK's whales out to the ex. colonies by the sounds of it (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31464897)...

Ooops. Wrong thread. Maybe. And apologies to really fat mammals. I mean, real whales. RIP. And apologies in advance for all the blubbering...

Fliegenmong
15th Feb 2015, 06:11
THE undisputed greatest Kiwi beached whale ever!!!! :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdVHZwI8pcA

Our house still laughs about it! :ok:

Pinky the pilot
15th Feb 2015, 11:14
I'm surprised you aussies haven't managed to blame the whales for Abbott!

Ok, it's all the whale's fault!

Fliegs; :ok::D

meadowrun
15th Feb 2015, 11:23
They seem to do this fairly frequently around the world. Perhaps "Pilot whale" is not the best name for them.

airship
18th Feb 2015, 14:10
Upto about 60 whales were finally refloated on Saturday evening and on Sunday 15th Feb. none of these remained in the area (http://www.doc.govt.nz/about-doc/news/media-releases/2015/pilot-whales-stranded-on-farewell-spit/). Well done to all involved! :ok:

I wonder how "Farewell Spit" got its name, though "Golden Bay" seems straight-forward:

http://www.doc.govt.nz/pagefiles/145108/pilot-whales-stranding-spotter-565.jpg

PS. There must be some very sad little whales out there now, having just lost over 120 of their family... :sad:

Tawhiri
18th Feb 2015, 14:56
Named for Cape Farewell, which was the last land sighted by Captain James Cook on his departure from New Zealand to Australia on his first voyage.