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Forty long-winged round-headed dolphins, which have become dry due to the low tide, are working to keep New Zealand’s paws alive. Rescue workers hope that with the tide, dolphins will have a chance to swim back into the deeper waters.
At Farewell Spit on the South Island, 49 dolphins landed. By the time they were spotted on Monday morning, 9 dolphins had already died. 65 conservation guards and many volunteers worked to keep the survivors alive. They constantly cool and moisten the bodies of dolphins.
At the sandy shores of Farewell Spit, which stretches into the Tasman Sea, such mass landings have occurred before. The place is also called a “dolphin trap” because dolphins have a hard time getting out of captivity on the long, slightly sloping shoreline once they’re accidentally thrown there. Four years ago, more than 650 round-headed dolphins were trapped in the shallow waters of Farewell Spit during two mass landings. More than 350 animals were killed and about 300 specimens were rescued.
Several theories have emerged as to why dolphins are thrown ashore: some explain that they get too close to shore by hunting for prey, others say they protect an injured member of the team, or the dolphins themselves flee from a predator. (Via MTI)
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