Over 145 pilot whales found dead in an isolated island in New Zealand.
As reported by Aljazeera News, authorities reported that over 145 pilot Whales died in a mass stranding on a remote New Zealand island on Monday.
It was reported by the Department of Conservation (DOC) that two pods of pilot Whales were stranded on a beach on Stewart Island, 30km off New Zealand’s South Island.
The whales were found by a hiker camping in the area who notified the authorities on Saturday night. Half the animals were already dead when they were found by conservation officers who decided to put the rest of the whales down because of their poor condition. Aljazeera News.
“Sadly, the likelihood of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales was extremely low,” said DOC Rakiura Operations Manager Ren Leppens, adding that putting the whales to sleep was the most humane thing to do.
“However, it’s always a heart-breaking decision to make.”
The cause of the stranding is unknown, however, the DOC reported that Sickness, navigational error, geographical features, a rapidly falling tide, being chased by a predator, or extreme weather are thought to be among the reasons for whale and dolphin strandings.
New Zealand has a record of one of the highest standing of whales, about 300 Whales died on a beach at the northwest tip of South Island last year in one of New Zealand’s largest recorded mass whale strandings. Aljazeera News.