2021-02-23

New Zealand whale stranding incident: 28 whales were pushed back into the sea but feared to land again

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China News Service, February 23. According to “Central News Agency”, New Zealand wildlife protection officials said that rescuers successfully sent 28 pilot whales stranded on the beach back to the sea on the 23rd, but these whales were still far away from the coast. Nearly, it may be stranded again.

New Zealand whale stranding incident: 28 whales were pushed back into the sea but feared to land again

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p >The New Zealand Department of Conservation said that about 50 albacore pilot whales appeared on the 22nd in Fairwell Spit, about 90 kilometers north of Nelson, a tourist attraction on the South Island. The whales returned to the sea on the 23rd were part of them.

On the evening of the 22nd local time, rescuers pushed about 40 whales back into the sea, but they swam back to shore the next day. About 60 volunteers pushed 28 of the whales back into the water again.

A spokesperson for the New Zealand Department of Conservation said: “These whales are very close to the shore. I’m not sure if they will swim, or they may strand again.” “If the whales start swimming to the shore and strand again, the Department of Conservation manages Workers and volunteers will still be there to respond at any time.”

At least 15 of the whales that were stranded initially have died.

In the past 15 years, there have been at least 10 pilot whale strandings in Fairwell Spit, the most recent of which was in February 2017. At that time, about 700 whales ran aground, and finally 250 died unfortunately.

Scientists do not yet know why Fairwell Spit is particularly deadly for whales. One theory is that a shallow seabed is formed in the bay, which interferes with the whale’s sonar navigation system.