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Ten More Whales Strand At Farewell Spit

Ten More Whales Strand At Farewell Spit

Fifty pilot whales are now stranded on Farewell Spit about 3km from its base. The 40 whales refloated this morning off the base of the Spit have now re-stranded and have been joined by another 10 whales. A further six whales are still in the sea.

DOC rangers, Project Jonah volunteers and others are now keeping the whales as comfortable as possible and wet with buckets of sea water until dark when rescuers will leave the area for the night.

DOC Takaka conservation services manager John Mason said the whales should come afloat in the midnight high tide and could move. He said it was hoped they would find their way safely out to sea once afloat but some or all might re-strand.

DOC rangers will be out at first light to look for the whales.


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