17 Nov '11, 2am
The last of 91 whales stranded in separate incidents in Australia and New Zealand dies
WELLINGTON (AP) - Rescuers have been unable to save the last surviving sperm whale from separate mass-strandings in Australia and New Zealand that have seen 91 whales die since the weekend. Though whale strandings are relatively common in both countries, the past few days have been particularly tough for conversation authorities. In all, 24 sperm whales and two minke whales died in a stranding on and around remote Ocean Beach in Tasmania. In an equally remote New Zealand location, the tip of Farewell Spit in the South Island, 65 pilot whales died. Australian authorities on Wednesday had been trying to guide the last surviving sperm whale to open water when the whale died. They had earlier managed to free two sperm whales from the harbour.