An incoming tide was this morning beginning to close in
around a group of whales which restranded overnight at Golden
Department of Conservation conservation services manager John
Mason said 50 whales which stranded at Triangle Flat,
Farewell Split, were refloated last night but had stranded
again about 1km southwest near Puponga overnight.
Of those, one had died.
By mid-morning today, another three had died.
DoC staff and volunteers are waiting for high tide after
midday before trying to refloat the survivors.
Mr Mason warned this could be the last chance to save the
whales, with ex-tropical Cyclone June due to bring gale-force
winds to the area tomorrow.
"These whales have to get out today if they want to make it,"
The tide was beginning to come in around the whales by
About 80 volunteers had turned up today to help with the
whales and more may be coming.
"We are very grateful so many people have called wanting to
help and have come to assist. We are also very pleased to
have had the help of trained Project Jonah volunteers over
the weekend and today assisting," Mr Mason said.
The whales are thought to be from a pod of about 70 which
stranded at Farewell Spit at the weekend.
Some have died and, despite the best efforts of rescuers, the
remainder keep restranding.
Last week eight whales were euthanised after stranding
themselves twice at Farewell Spit. A ninth whale, which had
not been seen at the beach, also had to be put down after it
Last week 27 pilot whales had to be put down after becoming
beached at the spit. A further 12 had already died from
natural causes after being stranded.