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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.