Around 50 pilot whales are said to have been stranded in shallow water.
Over 150 volunteers have rushed out to the waters off Farewell Spit in an attempt to save dozens of stranded pilot whales. [Featured Image: Yujue Chen, Shutterstock*].
Around 50 whales have been stranded and unfortunately, 26 have already died. Volunteers have been working tirelessly in a bid to ensure the remaining whales are led to safety.
New Zealand’s department of conversation initially sent out a team of 65 people in response to the strandings, which included many volunteers from marine conservation group Project Jonah.
Louisa Hawkes, a spokesperson for whale group Project Jonah said volunteers helped whales keep cool during the day by ensuring they were regularly drenched in buckets of water and keeping the upright to relieve pressure on their fins.