145 whales die on remote NZ beach

Up to 145 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding in a remote part of New Zealand. The stranding was discovered by a hiker last Saturday on Stewart Island, 30km off the southern coast of South Island. Half were already dead and the authorities yes
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Up to 145 pilot whales have died in a mass stranding in a remote part of New Zealand. The stranding was discovered by a hiker last Saturday on Stewart Island, 30km off the southern coast of South Island. Half were already dead and the authorities yesterday said they decided to euthanise dozens that lay stricken on the shore because of their deteriorating condition and the remote, hard-to-access location. Mr Ren Leppens, the Department of Conservation's operations manager on Stewart Island, said the likelihood of successfully refloating the remaining whales was very low.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 27, 2018, with the headline '145 whales die on remote NZ beach'. Print Edition | Subscribe