New Zealand officials were unable to save dozens of stranded whales that were found off the shore of the country’s South Island.
A total of 39 long-finned pilot whales were trapped overnight on Farewell Spit which is a claw of land on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. The whales were found Monday morning and 12 had already died. Conservation officials had to euthanize the other 27 in order to stop their suffering.
Finding stranded whales is a relatively common occurrence in New Zealand. Two of the worst cases occurred in 1918 and 1998 when 300 and 1,000 whales respectively died after being stranded.