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Dozens of Pilot Whales Die on Stewart Island, NZ

Posted by feww on November 6, 2015

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Stranded pilot whales die on Stewart Island

A pod of 29 pilot whales was discovered on Tuesday, more than half of them still alive, by two hikers, Asti Kyd and her partner Peter Mullins, said a report.

When DOC staff arrived on Thursday, eight of the whales were still alive, but they had to be euthanized, “to prevent them from prolonged suffering,” the Island ranger was quoted as saying.


DOC ranger Phred Dobbins counts the dead whales partially buried in sand at Doughboy Bay on Stewart Island. Photo: Department of Conservation/link via Stuff NZ

Many hundreds of pilot whales have died on or near Stewart Island since the late 1990s.

Stewart Island, New Zealand’s third-largest island, lies 30km south of the South Island, across the Foveaux Strait, and has a permanent population of about 400.

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