Whales Washed Ashore

Whales Washed Ashore

Lauren Beickert, Reporter

Last Saturday on Stewart Island, a remote island in New Zealand, hikers noticed more than 140 pilot whales had washed ashore on the beach.
More than half of the whales found were dead. Experts (from where) said in a statement the likelihood of the whales being able to successfully float again was extremely low. They determined the most humane thing to do was to euthanize them, which is putting the animals to sleep without causing them harm.

These kinds of incidents are not uncommon in New Zealand, considering that at least four other episodes were reported in the country just last weekend. It remains unclear exactly why this occurs, but the New Zealand Department of Conservation explained that factors can include sickness, navigational error, geographical features, a rapidly falling tide, being chased by a predator, or extreme weather.
More than one of these factors could have contributed to this mass stranding.