21 Feb '11, 3am

Over 100 pilot whales died after being stranded on a New Zealand beach, officials said

Over 100 pilot whales died after being stranded on a New Zealand beach, officials said

More than 100 pilot whales died in a mass stranding at a remote New Zealand beach, conservation officials said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP WELLINGTON - MORE than 100 pilot whales died in a mass stranding at a remote New Zealand beach, conservation officials said on Monday. Hikers on Sunday reported finding 107 whales beached on Stewart Island, off the South Island's south-west coast, a Department of Conservation (DoC) spokesman said. He said some of the whales were already dead and DOC rangers had to euthanise the 48 remaining survivors as there was no prospect of refloating them. 'We were quickly aware that it would be at least 10 to 12 hours before we could attempt to refloat them and that given the hot, dry conditions many more would soon perish,' he said. The spokesman said a storm was also bearing down on the beach near Mason Bay where the whales were stranded, making it...

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