January 18th, 2014. At least 40 pilot whales are stranded at New Zealand’s Farewell Spit, the third mass stranding of the summer.
The whales were discovered in Golden Bay on Saturday, not far from where eight whales were put down on Thursday after a pod of 13 beached themselves earlier in the week.
The “40 plus” whales had not fully beached themselves but were sitting on their bellies with water around them, Project Jonah chairman Mark Simpson told AAP.
Department of Conservation staff were already at the site and Project Jonah was asking its local volunteers to help with the refloating effort.
“They are pretty close to deep water and they are right at the low water mark. Hopefully the tide will be turning and we will be able to get them out to deep water.”
Project Jonah had about 200 volunteers to call on in the Nelson-Marlborough…