100 pilot whales dead in New Zealand beaching

Over 100 pilot whales died after nearly 200 are beached in New Zealand, local media reported.

FAREWELL SPIT, NEW ZEALAND (FEBRUARY 14, 2015) (TVNZ) – Over 100 pilot whales were dead on Saturday afternoon (February 14) after they beached themselves a day earlier at Farewell Spit, New Zealand, local media reported.

Nearly 200 whales in total were beached on Friday (February 13).

Volunteers and rangers from the Department of Conservation worked to keep the whales wet and comfort them in what New Zealand media is saying is the worst stranding in the area in more than 15 years.

“It’s kind of heartbreaking a little bit at first, but then, you just kind of have to power through and do what you can for them because they need help,” said an unidentified volunteer.

Rescuers will attempt to refloat the remaining whales at high tide later on Saturday, but predict it could take days, local media reported.