On October 18, the New Zealand Department of Conservation announced that more than a dozen whales died after stranded in the waters of the country’s North Island.
Rescuers and volunteers worked all day Saturday, October 17 to release about 25 of the 40 to 50 pilot whales that were stranded on a beach on the Coromandel Peninsula.
On the night of October 17, rescuers discovered five pilot whales had died at a location believed to be the original stranded location.
Rescue forces and volunteers help the stranded whales. Photo: Twitter / Morgandonocoro.
The Conservation Department said in a statement on its Facebook account: “The rising tide at around 9 pm October 17 has allowed the stranded whales to be gathered, but there are still a few. stuck on the cliffs in the bay “.
“Sadly, about a dozen whales were exposed to the rocks after the water receded on the morning of October 18. However, it is comforting that the majority of the stranded whales returned to the sea this morning and were taken to deep water.