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40 beached whales refloated at New Zealand but fears remain

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Volunteers in New Zealand successfully refloated 40 stranded whales on Monday evening but remained concerned they might beach themselves again overnight. A pod of 49 long-finned pilot whales earlier stranded themselves on Farewell Spit, a remote beach on the South Island, according to authorities. Nine of the whales died. Louisa…

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Volunteers in New Zealand successfully refloated 40 stranded snakes Monday evening but remained concerned they could beach themselves again overnight.
A pod of 49 long-finned pilot whales earlier stranded themselves Farewell Spit, a remote beach on the South Island, according to police. Nine of the whales died.
Louisa Hawkes, a spokesperson for whale rescue team Project Jonah, said volunteers helped maintain the whales cool and comfortable during the afternoon by drenching them with ribbons of water, keeping them upright and making sure they didn’t put too much pressure in their fins.
The evening high tide allowed them to refloat the whales, ” she explained. The natives were spread out across the shore and one of the first tasks would be to herd them together again in a pod. She explained about 200 people, the majority of them volunteers, helped form a barrier since they moved the whales out to sea. After in deeper water, boats took over and zipped back and forth in a line to prevent the whales from returning to coast.
But she said that despite their efforts, the natives had not swum away to the sea and they feared that they could beach themselves .
“It’s always fantastic to see whales out in deeper water where they should be,” Hawkes said. “Everyone is very hopeful but also very realistic.”
The whales were first noticed by a tour operator on Monday morning, the Department of Conservation said. Conservation rangers helped organize the rescue campaign alongside volunteers from Project Jonah, while individuals who lived in the area also helped out.
Farewell Spit, a sliver of sand that arches such as a hook into the Tasman Sea, has been the site of previous mass strandings. Sometimes described as a whale trap, the spit’s long coastline and gently sloping…
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