Department of Conservation rangers are checking beaches at
Farewell Spit this morning for any signs that a pod of whales
Most of the 50 pilot whales that had stranded at Golden Bay
were refloated yesterday and were last seen swimming strongly
in deeper water.
One whale was found dead this morning and DoC rangers were
checking beaches for any sign of the 45 survivors.
Four other whales died earlier.
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
rest kept 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.