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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 no family affair – research

John Kerr posted in on March 15th, 2013.

A new study questions the hypothesis that mass whale strandings are the result of family members coming to the aid of their beached kin. Researchers from New Zealand, the US and Australia used genetic data to investigate family links between almost 500 long-finned pilot whales involved in a number of mass strandings in New Zealand […]

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