|People tend to stranded whales in Coromandel, New Zealand on Oct 17, 2020, in this picture obtained by Reuters. (Photo by=Reuters)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] At least a dozen whales died in New Zealand after getting stranded on the country's North Island, the Department of Conservation said on Sunday (Oct 18).
Rescuers and volunteers worked all day on Saturday and refloated about 25 of the animals, part of a pod of about 40 to 50 pilot whales who got stranded earlier that day on a beach in the Coromandel Peninsula. Five dead pilot whales were discovered late on Saturday night at a site thought to be the original stranding site, the department said.
"Although the high tide at about 9pm on Saturday night had allowed the stranded whales to be refloated, members of the pod were stranded again this morning – including several on rocky outcrops at the bay," the Department said in a statement on its Facebook account. "Sadly, about a dozen have died after getting stranded on the rocks this morning. However, we are encouraged since most of the stranded whales have re-joined the pod this morning and able to get back to deep water."