More than a dozen whales died after being washed ashore on New Zealand’s coast | Instant News

More than a dozen whales have died New Zealand after being stranded on the country’s North Island, the Department of Conservation said on Sunday.

Rescuers and volunteers worked all day on Saturday to re-float some 25 animals, part of about 40 to 50 pilot whales that washed ashore earlier that day on a beach on the Coromandel Peninsula.

The five dead pilot whales were found on Saturday night at the alleged location of the original stranding, the department said.

“Although the tide around 9pm on Saturday night had allowed the stranded whales to float back up, members of the group restrained themselves this morning including some in rocky outcrops in the bay,” the Department said in a statement on its Facebook account.

“Unfortunately, about a dozen have died after getting stuck on the rocks this morning. However, we are encouraged by the fact that the majority of the whales that were stranded have rejoined the group this morning and have been taken into deep water.”

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