Louisa Hawkes, spokesperson for the Jonah Project, whale charity, announced that 49 long-finned pilot whales hit the Farewell Spit beach on New Zealand’s South Island.
Hawkes said 9 of those whales had perished.
They took an effort to turn it back into water
Louisa Hawkes said that a team of around 200 people, mostly volunteers, first tried to reunite the whales on the beach.
Stating that the team was trying to cool the whales by pouring water throughout the day, Hawkes said that the work yielded results with the support of the waves rising in the evening and 40 whales were safely retreated to the sea.
Hawkes noted that after the whales returned to sea, the dinghy crews prevented the whales from returning to shore.
Stating that despite all efforts, whales do not go to deep water, Hawkes emphasized that they are worried that the animals may hit the shore again at night.
“It’s always great to see whales outside of the deep waters they should be. Everyone is as realistic as they are optimistic,” says Louisa Hawkes. said.
TWO THEORIES ABOUT WHALE HIT TO THE SHORE
While the cause of whales being stranded is not yet known, experts focus on two theories. One of these is explained as the whales chasing their prey into shallow water and the sea retreating and the inability to return to the region where they came from, and the other is trying to protect a sick whale in their group.
More than 100 pilot whales perished near the Chatham Islands in 2009 in New Zealand, where an average of more than 300 dolphins and whales stranded each year.
Nearly 300 of the more than 650 pilot whales that landed on the Farewell Spit beach on two different voyages in 2017 were rescued.
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