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3 sperm whales dead after stranding on beach in New Zealand

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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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45 whales dead after stranding in Indonesia

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Regional officials on the northeastern Indonesian island of Madura said Friday at least 45 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a beach there have died, while rescuers managed to push three back out to sea.

East Java Provincial Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa, who was at the scene, told reporters that volunteers began arriving Thursday when news of the stranding first broke. He said they initially were able to push some of the whales back out to sea, but they returned.

The governor said there will be an investigation into the stranding and samples from dead whales will be sent to a regional university for study. He said the rest of the whales will be buried Saturday once the tide recedes and excavators can be used.

There were a series of high-profile pilot whale strandings last year in the south Pacific, including incidents in New Zealand and on the Australian island of Tasmania, where hundreds of whales died.

It is not fully understood why the whales beach themselves, but they are known to be highly social and travel in large groups known as pods. They will often follow a leader and sometimes come to the aid of an injured or distressed member of their pod.

Whale Stranding Indonesia, a nongovernmental organization, says in 2020 more than 70 marine mammals were found stranded, including dugongs, which are medium-sized marine mammals that are related to manatees.

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Ten sperm whales found washed up on beach have died in Yorkshire, UK

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ALL 10 sperm whales stranded near a beach in Yorkshire have died, officials confirmed tonight.

The mammals were spotted on the beach between Tunstall and Withernsea, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, this morning.

Rescuers battled to save them but confirmed they have died.

A British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) spokesman said: “We can only hope that there are no more whales still in the area that might yet come ashore.

“We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all of our team involved on the ground and behind the scenes in this awful situation, today of all days for it to happen on, as well as our colleagues in the Maritime and Coastguard Agency who have been on scene all day dealing with these tragic and difficult circumstances.”

The Coastguard was called to the scene earlier today with the public urged to stay away from the area.

Dramatic pictures show the tragic whales still in the water as rescuers try to find a way to remove them.

Emily Mayman, 30, an experienced medic with British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said: “We suspect it’s about 10 whales. But we’re waiting on more information at the moment.

“We’re not sure what caused this – but sometimes you get this happening to sperm whales dotted around the coastline.

“It’s a massive shame.

“There’s not much we can do with them. They are such big animals. Their skulls alone are so heavy so rescue operations are very difficult.

“They are a deep diving species, it’s not in their best interest to try and put them back out again.

“It’s very sad to see because they may be sick.”

The animals are understood to be sperm whales, which can grow up to 16m in length and weigh between 35,000kg and 57,000kg.

It was originally believed there were seven whales, but this has now changed.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency confirmed they received a call just before 8.30am from a member of the public.

They were joined Humberside Police for the rescue mission, which was hampered by the rising tide.

Chief Superintendent Darren Downs said: “I understand the public interest in the incident but I would urge people to stay away from the area to allow the teams from HM Coast Guard to manage what is an extremely distressing scene.

“I would also remind people that there is a risk to themselves and others as crowds gather to witness the scene. The Covid-19 pandemic remains a high risk to public health people should not gather in groups as there is a danger of transmission amongst the crowds.

“Please stay away from the area and support your emergency services in dealing with the situation throughout the day.”

There have been frequent reports of whales washing up on British beaches over the past few years.

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19 whales dead after mass stranding in North Island, New Zealand

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The death of whales in the world continues and this time it was in New Zealand, where on the North Island, 19 pilot whales died after being stranded as confirmed by authorities.

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6 whales wash up and die on a beach in Donegal, Ireland #Whales #Donegal #Ireland

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AT LEAST SIX whales that were stranded on a beach in Donegal today have died, with all of the whales expected to be dead by morning.

A group of northern bottlenose whales were found stranded at Rosnowlagh beach in Donegal earlier today, around 19km north of Bundoran.

Three whales were stranded on the beach, with at least another four identified as stranded in the shallow water of the bay.

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) has been providing first aid to the whales on the beach, but most of them have died.

Speaking to, a spokesperson for IWDG said that “there was one alive who did swim out, but it’s most likely going to restrand”.

“I would say by the morning they will all be dead, which is expected. These are an offshore species,” he said.

The IWDG still has team members on the shore, but as the tide comes in, there is little they can do for the whales.

“We’re all meeting in the morning up in Rosnowlagh with the Council and the Wildlife Service where they will be recovered by Donegal County Council.”

Researchers will use samples from whales to learn more about the species, which are rarely seen in Ireland.

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4 whales dead after 11 strand at Matarangi Spit, New Zealand #whales #MatarangiSpit #NewZealand

One of the dead whales had been cordoned off.


The seven whales that survived a grounding at the Matarangi Spit have been shepherded out of the Matarangi Harbour by boats across the bar and out to sea.

A spokesperson from the Department of Conservation said the whales “were seen swimming strongly and being active and it’s hoped they will remain at sea.”

DOC staff are burying the four dead whales above the high tide mark at Matarangi together with local iwi who have worked closely with DOC staff in managing the stranding and refloat.

“We’re asking people in the area to keep an eye out for the refloated whales possibly re-stranding in the next 24 hours or so. If people see any stranded whales please contact DOC’s 24-hour number 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468),” the spokesperson said.

They also expressed thanks to everybody that has helped with the whales on the beach and in successfully refloating them this afternoon.

Earlier, DOC had said seven of the pilot whales stranded on Saturday morning at the Matarangi Spit are being escorted by boats out towards open sea.

“Hopefully the whales will make their way safely out to sea,” a Department of Conservation spokesperson said.

Four whales that died in the stranding are being buried above the high tide mark at Matarangi.

Attempts had been ongoing to move the surviving pod out of the estuary.

The pod became stuck at Matarangi Spit on Saturday and 1000 people, including locals and Department of Conservation staff had been working for hours to rescue them.

On Saturday afternoon a DOC spokesperson said seven whales had been refloated “but the whales have swum into the estuary”.

“Four boats are trying to herd the whales out to sea.”

Two calves were among the group, one of which is also among the deceased.

“DOC staff are leading the stranding response and there are around 1000 people who’ve come to help with the whales,” the spokesperson said.

“At the moment the surviving whales are being cared for on the sand by volunteers who are keeping them comfortable, covering them with sheets with buckets of seawater being gently poured over them to help protect their skin from drying and to keep them cool.”

High tide is due around 2.30pm.

“We do not need more people to assist with the whales. We have plenty of help which we appreciate.”

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4 #whales dead after stranding on a beach in #Ruakaka, #NewZealand

All whales stranded along the Ruakākā Beach have died.


Four whales have died after becoming stranded along a Northland Beach.

Conservation charity Project Jonah said it sent medics to the Bream Bay area of Ruakākā to help with the rescue on Wednesday, but all the pilot whales had died.

Communications manager Louisa Hawkes said there were still a few hundred people at the beach sitting and watching, but currently no help was needed.

“[The rest of the pod] have been sighted off shore, if things change and they head in-shore then we will let people know and ask them to head down to the beach.”

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51 more whales dead ‘a mystery’ after beaching on Chatham Islands, New Zealand

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Over 80 pilot whales were stranded off the coast of the Chatham Islands in New Zealand, Nov. 30, 2018

Fifty-one more pilot whales beached themselves and died in New Zealand, raising to nearly 200 the number that have done so over the past week.

The New Zealand Department of Conservation was called to Hanson Bay on the Chatham Islands after receiving an alert that 80 to 90 of the mammals had stranded themselves — about half were able to escape back to the sea.

One of 51 the beached whales that hadn’t yet died when authorities arrived had to be euthanized.

“There was no likelihood of being able to successfully save the remaining whale,” Department of Conservation Operations Manager Dave Carlton said in a statement. “It was the most humane thing to do.”

Authorities, who have teamed up with locals to bury the whales on Hanson Bay, still don’t know why this second group whales beached themselves. Skin and blubber samples have been sent to Massey University to learn more.

The latest incident comes after 145 pilot whales died on New Zealand’s Stewart Island on Monday. In the north of the country, a 49-foot-long sperm whale died in Doubtful Bay last week.

“Large numbers of pilot whales have been stranding for as long as we know,” Russell Leaper, a whale researcher at the International Fund for Animal Welfare, told ABC News. “It seems to be a species that is particularly susceptible to these mass strandings of live animals. It’s still a bit of a mystery.”

The Department of Conservation responds to an average of 85 strandings per year, but most involve only a single animal.

The largest recorded whale stranding in New Zealand was in 1918 on the Chatham Islands, when nearly 1,000 pilot whales came ashore, according to The Guardian.

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