6 pygmy whales refloated after stranding on New Zealand beach
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Conservation workers and volunteers in New Zealand have managed to refloat six surviving stranded whales and are hoping they’ll soon swim away into deeper water.
Ten pygmy killer whales were found stranded Sunday at Ninety Mile Beach on the North Island. Two whales later died there.
On Monday evening, crews transported the remaining animals on hay-lined trailers to Rarawa Beach where the sea conditions were calmer. They refloated them on the high tide Tuesday.
Two of the whales beached themselves again and were euthanized.
Department of Conservation ranger Jamie Werner said the remaining whales were swimming about 400 meters (437 yards) from the shoreline and were being monitored.
Workers were hoping for a better outcome than from an unrelated stranding over the weekend in which all 145 pilot whales died. /muf
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