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Old Jan 2nd, 2006, 05:52 AM   #1
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41 Beached Whales Shot in New Zealand

41 Beached Whales Shot in New Zealand
Jan 1,2006


Volunteers pour buckets of water over beached pilot whales on remote Ocean Beach on New Zealand's southern-most Stewart Island, in January 2003. Conservation officials in New Zealand shot dozens of beached pilot whales because they said it was too dangerous to try to get the animals back into the sea.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand - Wildlife officers shot 41 pilot whales that beached on New Zealand's South Island, the Department of Conservation said.

A total of 49 whales came ashore Saturday near Farewell Spit in the second major stranding in the area within two weeks. Eight died on the beaches, and the remaining animals were shot when heavy seas prevented any attempt to refloat them.

"Given the hopelessness of being able to successfully refloat the whales, our prime concern was then to avoid the whales' suffering a long and painful death," Greg Napp, the department's Golden Bay area officer, said in a statement.

Napp said the latest stranding was likely unconnected to another last month when 129 pilot whales came ashore close by.

Conservation officers and volunteers managed to refloat more than 100 in that stranding, but 21 whales died.

Mike Rogers, a Department of Conservation worker, said the whales that beached Saturday were not thought to be from the pod involved in the larger stranding on Dec. 20.

"There have always been strandings at Golden Bay," he said, noting that the tide goes out as much as four miles
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Old Jan 2nd, 2006, 06:03 AM   #2
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Couldn't they have got like a crane or something?
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Old Jan 2nd, 2006, 06:18 AM   #3
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This brings up another concern: Isn't there something that they can do about the bay to keep whales from being beached? Like maybe make a deep drop somewhere
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It was the humane thing to do.
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Old Jan 2nd, 2006, 07:29 AM   #5
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It was the humane thing to do.
Yes, but it's still very sad.
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Aw that's so sad
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I've heard that the sonars of submarines etc. cause them to swim out from the sea. It's a painful noise for them and it causes also blooding of their ears
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Yeah this story is sad - it happens too often in NZ. Most often hundreds of people help to free them and get them back out to sea, but this time the nature of the bay mnade it impossible. It was only the week before that we saved about 50!
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Couldn't they have got like a crane or something?
i was thinking the very same thing
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Yeah this story is sad - it happens too often in NZ. Most often hundreds of people help to free them and get them back out to sea, but this time the nature of the bay mnade it impossible. It was only the week before that we saved about 50!

I saw that previous incident....... strange that it happens so often!!
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