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Whale stranding in NZ sparks rescue mission

  • Published at 02:42 pm October 17th, 2020
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File photo: Rescuers work to save a pod of whales stranded on a sandbar, in Macquarie Harbour on the rugged west coast of Tasmania on September 22, 2020 AFP

Pilot whales, which can grow to more than 20 feet long, are prolific stranders and more 376 died in a mass stranding in Australia last month

Conservationists on Saturday were working to save a large pod of whales stranded in shallow water off New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula.

"Around 40 whales were sighted and sadly 25 have stranded," a spokesman for the conservation group Project Jonah said.

Project Jonah general manager Darren Grover told reporters they were trying to keep the whales cool and healthy and would try to refloat them on the evening high tide.

Pilot whales, which can grow to more than 20 feet long, are prolific stranders and more 376 died in a mass stranding in Australia last month.

That was Australia's largest-ever mass stranding, with around 470 pilot whales stuck in a remote harbour on Tasmania's rugged western seaboard, sparking a major effort to save the animals.

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