145 pilot whales die in mass stranding in New Zealand

145 pilot whales die in mass stranding in New Zealand
Half of the whales were at that point dead and because of the state of the remaining of the whales and the remote, hard to access the area, the decision was made to euthanize the remainder.
145 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding in a remote part of New Zealand, with authority saying Monday they made the “heart breaking” decision to euthanize dozens that lay stricken on the shore. The stranding was found by a hiker late Saturday on Stewart Island, 30 kilometers (19 miles) off the southern coast of the South Island. “Tragically, the probability of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales and was extremely low,” said Ren Leppens, the Department of Conservation’s operation manager on Stewart Island. “The remote area, lack of nearby personnel and the whales’ deteriorating condition meant the most humane thing to do was to euthanize. “Be that as it may, it’s always a decision to make.” It was one of four stranding’s found on New Zealand shores over the end week which stretched DOC resources. In the far distant north of New Zealand, eight whales were transported by truck toward the east coast from the west where ocean conditions were too rough to re float them. Two of the pod had to be euthanized, however Daren Grover of the marine conservation group Project Jonah said the remainder of saved by transporting them by road to the more-sheltered east coast 20 kilometers away.

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