A mass whale stranding was marked on Friday on Farewell Spit in New Zealand’s Golden Bay. The rescuers rushed to the remote area to guide about 200 stranded pilot whales back to sea but, in spite of the efforts to save them, two dozen whales had already died. Department of Conservation area manager Andrew Lamason has reported that about 80 conservation workers and volunteers were trying to refloat the creatures. However, moving such a huge number of stranded whales back into the water is a tough job. Lamason also mentioned that even if all the whales were refloated, their survival was not guaranteed.
Lamason commented “We’ve had plenty times in the past where the pods have gone out to sea and turned around and come back again. We’re preparing for a big few days.” New Zealand summer often encounters such large strandings. Pilot whales grow to a length of about 20 feet. According to experts, Farewell Spit, situated on the northwest corner of South Island, can be described as a whale trap as its shallow waters confuse the whales and the creatures eventually lose their ability to navigate.