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Latest update on Farewell Spit whale stranding

Latest update on Farewell Spit whale stranding.

11.30am:

The eight surviving whales stranded on Farewell Spit have been refloated by DOC rangers and volunteers this morning but the whales are still milling around in the sea not far from shore.

There are concerns the whales could re-strand in the outgoing tide. Should the whales start to become at risk of re-stranding, rescuers will try to deter them from moving towards the shore and encourage them into deeper water.

Thirteen pilot whales initially stranded yesterday about 7km from the base of Farewell Spit, five have since died.

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