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Rescuers struggle to save dying whales


Pilot whales, similar to these in the picture, have beached themselves in NZ.
Pilot whales, similar to these in the picture, have beached themselves in NZ.

Jill Colton, staff writer

February 4, 2011 — A pod of 80 pilot whales have beached themselves in New Zealand.

Nine of the whales have already died.
Nine of the whales have already died.

Rescuers are desperately trying to save the survivors of a pod of 80 whales that beached themselves in New Zealand.

Nine whales have died and more were expected to perish overnight because unfavourable tides would make it difficult for them to return to sea said Conservation Department spokesman Trish Grant in an interview Friday.

Nearly 30 whales beached themselves Friday at Golden Bay, near the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island.

The group were part of a larger pod, and rescuers turned away four whales, but couldn't stop more from stranding themselves.

More than 100 rescuers, including tourists, were on hand to help cool the whales during the late afternoon and evening. Regardless of their efforts, nine of the whales died on the beach.

With files from The Associated Press.

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