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Hundreds of stranded whales dead on New Zealand coast in one of the country's worst strandings

Most of the stranded whales have already died but volunteers are frantically trying to save about 100 survivors.

More than 400 pilot whales have died on a New Zealand beach in one of the country's worst strandings.

The whales were found on Friday morning local time at Farewell Spit, on the tip of the South Island, an area that has been the site of previous strandings.

According to conservation group Project Jonah, most of the 416 animals were already dead when they were found.

Volunteers are frantically trying to refloat the surviving whales but some are now swimming in the wrong direction and heading back into the bay, Department of Conservation spokesman Andrew Lamason told Radio New Zealand.

Rescuers hope they will turn around at high tide.


http://news.sky.com/story/hundreds-of-stranded-whales-dead-on-new-zealand-coast-10761852



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“The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    ‘Heartbreaking’: Over 300 whales die in biggest recent stranding in New Zealand


    Most of the 415 whales that washed up on a narrow sand spit in Golden Bay, New Zealand died by Thursday night, while scores of volunteers armed with blankets struggled to keep the surviving animals wet to refloat them during a life-saving tide.

    The mammals were scattered along the beach in Farewell Spit on the northwestern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, near the settlement on Puponga. Hundreds of volunteers joined the rescue operation, led by the New Zealand Department of Conservation.  

    https://www.rt.com/news/376895-whales-stranded-died-new-zealand/

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer



  • "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • tazweisstazweiss Member, Permitted to post new threads
    Kudo's to those involved in the rescue efforts but it begs the question, "What is causing all the sea life around the world to strand themselves in such numbers?"  Is there something in the water that they are trying to flee?  If so, what?

    If the politicians treat people this poorly when they're armed to the teeth,

    just imagine what they'll be willing to do once they've disarmed everyone.

  • Rosie_MOD_Rosie_MOD_ Moderator
    edited February 10
    Exactly my thoughts.  Is it:

    a) seismological events disturbing their "sonar"
    b) heating up from below the ocean surface
    c) Fukushima
    d) Naval undersea experiments
    e) Something like HAARP causing refractions off the ionosphere

    or something else?  That's way too many wales to lose on top of the fact that Japanese *whaling is still permitted in Southern waters.  (*Sorry, scientific studies)

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    There are few things sadder than seeing beautiful sea creatures trapped on land
    -------------------
    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • It's been happening for so many years now and still people are trying to push them out to sea by human strength.  One would have expected in respect to nature and preservation of life that a flat scoop with sufficient weight tolerance could have been improvised which would dig into the sand below the whale (so as not to injure it) and then attached to a boat which would then haul the scoop with sand and whale out to sea then return for the next one. The scoop could have a piece that lifts at one end to keep the whale from rolling off too soon.


    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    80 pilot whales rescued in epic NZ stranding, but 200 more wash up on shore


    Rescue workers managed to free at least 80 pilot whales that were recently stranded on a New Zealand shore in a deadly mass beaching. However, the life-saving operation has been further complicated by another 200 that have washed up on the shore.

    Some 415 pilot whales washed up on Farewell Spit near the settlement of Puponga on the northern coast of New Zealand’s South Island on Thursday night. By Friday morning, some 300 of the mammals, which can each up to six meters in length, had died before rescuers could reach them.

    https://www.rt.com/news/377043-whales-news-zealand-rescue/


    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator
    There are few things sadder than seeing beautiful sea creatures trapped on land
    without a doubt
    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
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