Whale Stranding in New Zealand Leaves 145 Dead

Wellington, A group of up to 145 pilot whales

have died after becoming stranded on a beach on Stewart Island in

New Zealand.

The animals were discovered by a walker late on Saturday,

strewn along the beach of Mason Bay.

Authorities said half the whales had already died by then while

the other half were put down as it would have been too difficult to save

them.

In separate incidents, 12 pygmy whales and a sperm whale also

beached in New Zealand over the weekend.

The pilot whales were beached in two pods about 2km (1.2 miles)

apart on a remote beach on Rakiura or Stewart Island off the coast of

South Island.

There are hopes that the remaining eight can still be rescued

and efforts are under way by local marine mammal charity Project

Jonah.

The group said it planned to re-float the whales on Tuesday and

has asked for volunteers to help, the BBC news reported.

Source: Oman News Agency