About 100 pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins have died in a mass stranding on the distant Chatham Islands, about 800 km (497 miles) off New Zealand’s east coast, officers stated on Wednesday.
Most of them have been stranded throughout the weekend however rescue efforts have been hampered by the distant location of the island.
New Zealand’s Division of Conservation (DOC) stated in whole 97 pilot whales and three dolphins died within the stranding, including that they have been notified of the incident on Sunday.
“Solely 26 of the whales have been nonetheless alive at this level, the vast majority of them showing very weak, and have been euthanised because of the tough sea circumstances and nearly certainty of there being nice white sharks within the water that are introduced in by a stranding like this,” stated DOC Biodiversity Ranger Jemma Welch.
Mass strandings are fairly frequent on the Chatham Islands with as much as 1,00zero animals dying in a single stranding in 1918.
Mass whale strandings have occurred all through recorded trendy historical past, and why it occurs is a query that has puzzled marine biologists for years.
In late September, a number of hundred whales died in shallow waters off the Australian coast in one of many world’s largest mass whale strandings.
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