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Whale strandings recap

Dacia Herbulock posted in on January 16th, 2014.

Efforts to rescue pilot whales stranded near Farewell Spit in Golden Bay this week failed after the surviving animals repeatedly beached themselves, eventually requiring conservation workers to euthanise them. New Zealand has one of the highest rates of marine mammal stranding in the world, and events like this are frequent occurrences in summer months. This is […]

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Whale strandings — what science can tell us

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 20th, 2010.

ONLINE MEDIA BRIEFING (Wed 20 Oct): Last month’s mass stranding event of over 70 pilot whales on a remote Northland beach highlighted New Zealand’s position as one of the most frequent sites of marine mammal strandings in the world. Theories abound as to why whales become beached — ranging from disorientation to illness to unwillingness […]

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