Ottawa Citizen

Dozens of whales stranded on beach


Nearly 200 pilot whales stranded themselves on New Zealand’s South Island on Friday, and hordes of rescuers rushed to the remote area in a bid to guide them back to sea. Two dozen of the 198 whales had already died despite efforts to save the creatures, which were found stranded on Farewell Spit, a famous spot for whale beachings, Department of Conservati­on area manager Andrew Lamason said. About 80 conservati­on workers and volunteers were trying to refloat the whales.

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