WELLINGTON, New Zealand – More than 140 pilot whales died after stranding in southern New Zealand and half were killed by preservation workers in a “deeply sad” decision after their discovery came too late to save them, officials said Monday.
The string, in an isolated part of Stewart Island, off the south coast, was the largest in New Zealand, since 250 pilot elections last year in one of the worst events in the country’s history.
The beach whales on Stewart Island were discovered in two separate groups, or pods, just as several other deaths and shores were reported around the country during the weekend.
Ren Leppens, Department Operations Manager of the Island, said hesitation He went for “two to three hours” to warn conservation staff. Half of the whales were already dead when the time warriors reached the two buckets, and the rest were killed.
“It’s deeply sad,” said Leppens, who allowed the whales, who might have stranded as early as Friday, “began to be covered in sand” when found. Bad weather meant that experts could not fly in to assess the situation so that euthanizing them was the only option, he said.
Mr. Leppens said the beach was the site of three previous massacres. More than 300 whales stranded near Mason Bay in 1998.
The preservation department said events were thought to happen when whales make navigation errors while chasing bytes, flying predators or trying to protect sick members in the group, but more than one factor could contribute.
In February of February, 250 whales were killed after hundreds of beaches at Farewell Spit, one of the most common places for walks in New Zealand. They were killed after 500 rescuers tried to refloat the animals.
Krista Hupman, a marine mammalian marine biologist at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in New Zealand, said the spawning areas had close eye on Farewell Spit and were ready to summon rescue teams at short notice when the animals seemed to swim against the coast.
“But without the first observation we have no luck,” she said, referring to the strictness of the beach at Stewart Island, home to only 402 people.
At the opposite end of the country, the rescuers of Ninety Mile Beach, near the northern tip of the northern island, rescued the attempt to return eight stringed pygmor valleys to Tuesday due to bad weather. Four whales had died on the beach from Monday. Two other whales stranded elsewhere in New Zealand, officials said.
The preservation department said the death was “unlikely to be related” and Mrs. Hupman, the dialectologist, said strings were common in New Zealand at this time
while New Zealand is known to have an unusually large number of electoral closures, said she researchers did not know why they were so frequent, the reasons behind them or whether it was the best way to respond to the animals.
Mr. Leppens, Environmental Protection Director, said the remote location meant that conservation staff would leave the whales on the beach to break down and “let nature take its course”.
But the exact conditions at the seaside remained a mystery. 19659002] “The earlier technology can leap forward and give us a better idea of why this happens, the better,” he said.