N. Zealand whale stranding sparks rescue mission

A pilot whale on the rugged west coast of Tasmania last month. Pilot whales, which can grow to more than 6m long, are prolific stranders. – AFP pic, October 17, 2020.

CONSERVATIONISTS were today working to save a large pod of whales stranded in shallow water off New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula.

“Around 40 whales were sighted and sadly, 25 have stranded,” a spokesman for the conservation group Project Jonah said.

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