17 Nov '11, 9pm

Two strandings in Oceania = 91 dead whales.

Two unrelated mass strandings in Australia and New Zealand have resulted in the death of 91 whales . In Australia, 24 sperm whales and two minke whales died in a stranding on and around Ocean Beach in Tasmania. In New Zealand, 65 pilot whales died on the tip of Farewell Spit on the South Island. While rescuers were able to free two of the large sperm whales in Australia using high-powered water jets and nets to guide them back to see, their efforts to save three other whales that were found alive proved unsuccessful. In New Zealand, despite repeated attempts to save the pilot whales, all of the stranded whales either died or were euthanized . These strandings have taken place during the peak stranding time in the South Pacific between October and February. Sick whales often head to shallow waters where it takes less energy to get to the surface and breath. If they become b...

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