3 sperm whales dead after stranding on beach in New Zealand
Three sperm whales have died at Ripiro beach on Northland’s Pouto Peninsula.
The Department of Conservation said the whales were reported stranded on Monday night.
They died on Tuesday morning.
Samples have been taken to try and ascertain the cause of death.
DOC’s Stephanie Hayes said the department is working closely with Waikaretu Marae and Te Uri o Hau.
“Our main focus now is ensuring the safety of the public and the burial of the whales.”
DOC is asking the public to stay away from the site until the flensing and burial process is complete.
The whales range in length from 12 metres to 14 metres.
DOC responds to about 85 whale stranding incidents every year, typically of single animals.
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