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8 stranded pilot whales to be euthanised in New Zealand

Published on Jan 16, 2014 8:57 AM

NELSON, New Zealand (AFP) - New Zealand conservation officials said on Thursday they would have to euthanise eight pilot whales stranded on a remote beach where five others died earlier this week.

The decision to put the whales down was made after they repeatedly returned to the beach after each attempt to shepherd them out to sea.

They were part of a pod of 65 whales sighted near Farewell Spit at the top of the South Island on Tuesday.

Of the 13 whales which became stranded then, five died on the first night and eight more resisted frantic attempts by conservationists to move them out to sea.

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