Whales strand once more at Farewell Spit

Pilot whales being refloated from the base of Farewell Spit in Golden Bay on Monday 22 February.

2021-02-23 01:41:42

A pod of pilot whales stranded for a second day on the prime of the South Island id not shifting nicely and the native DOC ranger is not optimistic for his or her prospects.

Pilot whales being refloated from the base of Farewell Spit in Golden Bay on Monday 22 February.

The whales being refloated on Monday night from the bottom of Farewell Spit in Golden Bay.
Picture: Mission Jonah

Greater than 40 long-finned pilot whales have been refloated on Monday from the bottom of Farewell Spit in Golden Bay.

DOC Rangers and about 50 volunteers began looking for the whales on the coast at first mild on Tuesday and the pod was discovered round 7am.

There have been 28 dwell whales and rangers, Mission Jonah marine mammal medics and different volunteers have been working to refloat them.

About 21 whales had died.

Native DOC ranger Andrew Lamason who’s coordinating the operation stated the groups had been herding the whales into deeper water.

“The phrase getting back from down there may be the whales are fairly languid, they are not making any nice effort to swim off and it is wanting like we’re most likely going into one other dry section of taking care of them as they restrand on the identical location.”

The groups have been clustering the whales in a single group, gently rocking them and re-orienting them, and shifting them to deeper water within the hopes they’ll swim off collectively.

“Nevertheless it’s not wanting like that is going to play out,” Lamason stated.

“I do not suppose we’re any Hollywood ending right here.

“The truth that they stayed in the identical place in a single day, they have not actually moved off, we have got to be sensible about it.

“Because the hours go by the prognosis will get worse.”

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The whales being refloated on Monday.
Picture: Provided / Mission Jonah

Farewell Spit has been a frequent website of whale strandings.

The final mass pilot whale stranding on Farewell Spit was in February 2017 when an estimated 600-700 whales have been beached.

About 250 died whereas the remainder have been refloated.

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