January 19, 2022

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Dozens of whales stranded for the second time in New Zealand |  World |  DW

Dozens of whales stranded for the second time in New Zealand | World | DW

Dozens of whales rescued by rescue teams were stranded for a second time near Farewell Spit, the world’s longest natural sand dune in northwestern New Zealand’s South Island, official sources said on Tuesday (02.23.2021).

Of the 40 pilot whales (“Globicepla melas”) that were taken to the open sea by rescue crews, at least 28 specimens are still alive again, and it remains unknown what happened to the rest, he posted a new one on Facebook today. Sealand Ministry of Defense.

Since the beginning of this day, teams of experts in marine veterinary medicine and volunteers have been trying to reunite the whales and release them into the sea.

An indescribable phenomenon

Nine whales in a group of 49 people had died on shore the first day, officials said the previous day. A similar event occurred in late November 2020.

In 2017, about 700 whales, 250 of which died, were trapped in the Farewell Spit, a 34-kilometer stretch of sandy area in the Golden Bay area.

The largest Cetacean shoreline in 1918 sank off the Saddam Islands, about 800 kilometers off the southeast coast of New Zealand, where about a thousand pilot whales were stranded.

Scientists have not yet been able to explain why whales sometimes stray out of their way and end up in shallow water, although the possibility of them being attracted by sound pollution or guided by a distracted team leader is being considered.

gs (efe, ap, dpa, reuters)

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