Nearly 200 Whales Stranded on New Zealand Beach

By: Mercedes Pliego

Picture of a worker tending to a whale stranded on Farewell Spit, a famous spot for whale beachings, in Golden Bay on New Zealand's South Island

Rescuers tried to save about 200 pilot whales that were stranded on New Zealand’s South Island. There were at least two dozen whales that were reported dead. Pilot whales are at risk for group standing because they are social animals and they usually live in close-knit family groups. The techniques used to rescue stranded whales depend on the remoteness of the site. These whales are at a huge risk because they are designed to live in water, so when they are stranded on a beach their internal organs which aren’t used to having that weight on them, they sadly start getting crushed.

Source: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/02/150213-pilot-whales-stranded-new-zealand/

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