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Saturday 20 September 2014

Sixteen pilot whales stranded

Published 15/11/2012 | 13:15

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The sixteen were part of a pod of twenty-eight whales found on Thursday stranded on Farewell Spit in the northern part of the country's South Island.Officials had hoped that the whales might be re-floated at high tide late on Thursday.But after consulting local Maori officials and volunteer officials, the Department of Conservation decided there was no hope of rescuing the whales, according to local media. The pilot whales, who are members of the dolphin family, were stranded during an unusual spring high tide which left them too far up the beach, local media reported.Whale stranding is common in the area with its gently-rising seabed acting as a trap.

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