Hundreds of pilot whales were found dead as they were stranded on a beach in New Zealand. Dozens of volunteers quickly arrived at the scene in order to aid them back to the ocean. The reason the whales got stranded is still unknown.

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Hundreds of pilot whales were found dead in a mass stranding today (Friday) near the town of Farwell Spit, New Zealand. Dozens of volunteers arrived in order to aid the live whales back into the ocean. Although the reason of the stranding is still unknown, this isn’t the first time such crisis has happened in this area.

According to the volunteers, 416 of the pilot whales were already dead when they arrived at the beach. Even after some of the whales were back in the ocean, they swam in the opposite direction and got stranded once again.







More than 416 whales died

More than 416 whales died Photo Credit: Sky News\Channel 2 News

This is the third largest mass stranding ever. The largest one was in 1918 when more than a thousand whales found themselves stranded.