This is the third such case since February 2017.
On the shore of the island of New Zealand Stewart emissions more than 140 pilot whales dolphins, more than half of them died before the arrival of rescuers. This is the third large-scale case in the country since February 2017.
The New Zealand Department of the Environment reported that the incident was told by local tourists who saw dolphins on the shore. “Unfortunately, the probability that we will be able to successfully save the remaining ones remains extremely low,” said the department director.
Dozens of volunteers arrived on shore to carry out euthanasia to the remaining mammals. Due to the fact that the coast is far from the rescue services, the dolphins did not succeed in helping quickly. Local authorities asked the department to leave several bodies on the shore to conduct a burial ceremony.
New Zealand is one of the leaders in terms of the number of dolphins ejected: 85 solitary cases occur per year. However, mass incidents do not happen so often. In February 2017, about 400 grind rushed to the shore, and a day later another 200 animals did the same . This is the most massive similar incident in the last 10 years.
It is still not possible to establish the reasons for this behavior of whales and dolphins.