Hope for end to New Zealand whale strandings after 350 die
About 650 pilot whales beached themselves at top of South Island, with 350 dying but others either swimming away or refloated by volunteers
More than 650 pilot whales had beached themselves along Farewell Spit at top of South Island in two separate mass strandings. About 350 whales died, including 20 that were euthanised. Another 100 were refloated by volunteers and, on Sunday, more than 200 were able to swim away unassisted, said conservation workers.
Hundreds of volunteers from farmers to tourists have spent days at the beach dousing the whales with buckets of water to keep them cool and trying to refloat them.