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Whales Beached: New Zealand Volunteers Rush to Help After 400 Stranded

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More than 400 beached whales stranded themselves at Farewell Spit near Nelson, New Zealand. Volunteers formed a human chain in the water at a remote beach on Friday as they tried to save about 100 whales Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (Tim Cuff/New Zealand Herald via AP)

By    |   Friday, 10 Feb 2017 02:33 PM

About 400 pilot whales were found beached along Farewell Spit in New Zealand on Friday. Sadly, 275 of them died before they could be rescued.

Close to 500 volunteers worked to refloat the remaining whales during high tide Friday afternoon, but only about 50 of the whales remained free, with the rest re-beaching themselves. Some of the volunteers plan to return during the next high tide on Saturday to try to free the whales once again, The Associated Press reported

Magazine writer Cheree Morrison discovered the beached whales as she tried to capture the sunrise with a photographer and guide. The spot is a common place for whales to beach, but generally not in great numbers like this time, the AP reported.

Friday’s beaching is the third-biggest ever recorded in the country and the largest since 1985.

Scientists speculate that whales may strand themselves when they chase prey too close to shore or in trying to protect a sick group member.

“It was just heartbreaking,” Morrison said, the AP reported. “Utterly heartbreaking.”

She said she could hear splashing and crying as the whales tried to move themselves off the shore and back into the water. She also saw many dead whales, including babies, for hundreds of yards along the beach.

In addition to keeping the whales’ skin wet by pouring water over it and covering it with damp blankets, the volunteers also formed a human chain in an effort to stop the whales from beaching themselves again, Fox News reported.

Volunteer rescue group Project Jonah and the Department of Conservation are leading efforts to save the whales that haven’t yet died, the AP reported.

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About 400 pilot whales were found beached along Farewell Spit in New Zealand on Friday. Sadly, 275 of them died before they could be rescued.
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