Monday , October 18 2021

Five pygmy whales euthanised after restriction on Northland beach



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Eight whales were transported from the West Coast to the East Coast in Northland to refloat them on Tuesday morning.

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Eight whales were transported from the West Coast to the East Coast in Northland to refloat them on Tuesday morning.

Five pygmy whales had been hung up after they stopped on a Northland beach.

Six whales had been refloated on Tuesday from Rarawa beach but were spotted close to the shore at Great Exhibition Bay before they beached again.

Experts from the Department of Conservation

Two rare pygmy killer whales euthanized at Rārawa Beach

Two rare pygmy killer whales euthanized at Rārawa Beach

There is still a whale offshore currently being monitored.

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Marine mammal charity Project Jonah received a call from a member of the Sunday night saying the whales were stranded on Ninety Mile Beach.

Eight whales were transported from the West Coast to the East Coast in Northland to refloat them on Tuesday morning. Just one whale has survived after

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Eight whales were transported from the West Coast to the East Coast in Northland to refloat them on Tuesday morning. Just one whale has survived after

Twelve pygmy killer whales were originally found on the beach, but four died

After changing weather forecasts foiled their plan to refuelate them at Ninety Mile Beach, a decision was made on Monday and there is a 15 kilometre trip over land to Rarawa Beach on the east coast.

Two whales were euthanized after volunteers and conservation staff refloated a group of eight whales.

A Department of Conservation spokeswoman said on Tuesday morning that all eight whales were successfully moved to Rarawa Beach on Monday and rested overnight in the stream.

It comes after a mass whale stranding at Mason Bay on Stewart Island.

About 145 pilot whales died after a tramper found them Saturday, notifying DOC staff at 10.30pm.

It also comes just days after a 15-meter sperm whale died after being stranded at Tokerau Beach in Doubtful Bay, Northland.

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