pilot whales stranded in New Zealand
New Zealand) - Few days ago a 159 pod of pilot whales has beached on
Stewart island 40 km off the south coast of New Zealand.
volunteers and experts has hastened trying to rescue the surviving members.
of all they poured sea water over the beached mammals to cool them, then
they pushed many of them in open sea.
Greg Lind, the spokesman of the Department of Conservation southern
islands, remarked the good work that permitted to 39 members of the
beached pod to move 4 kilometers out into open sea and to not return to
the beach, "The 39 we got off were the only ones alive when the
stranded pod was found around midday", "Overseas, such refloat
efforts are rarely successful".
strandings could happen when animals become disoriented or when a dominant
animal leads others ashore or for illness or other types of trauma.