Otago Daily Times

Stranded pilot whales die

- RE­PORT: RNZ/ PHOTO: PROJECT JONAH NEW ZEALAND Animals · Disasters · Whales · Incidents · Wildlife · New Zealand Department of Conservation · Coromandel

More than a dozen whales have died af­ter a mass strand­ing at an iso­lated north­ern Coro­man­del bay.

The pod of pilot whales was re­ported off the coast of Colville Bay on Satur­day morn­ing.

Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion Coro­man­del dis­trict op­er­a­tions man­ager Nick Kelly said al­though the high tide on Satur­day night had al­lowed the stranded whales to be re­floated, mem­bers of the pod re­stranded yes­ter­day morn­ing.

He said about a dozen died af­ter re­strand­ing on the rocks.

An­other five dead whales were dis­cov­ered nearby late on Satur­day.

The group Project Jonah said ef­forts to save the sur­viv­ing whales in the bay were go­ing well, con­sid­er­ing the re­sources, geog­ra­phy and weather.

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