According to wildlife officials, rescue teams successfully resurfaced 28 pilot whales stuck in the infamous area of New Zealand’s coast on Tuesday, but mammals remained near the coast and were able to stand on the beach again.
According to the Department of Conservation of New Zealand (DOC), the short-finned pilot whale was part of about 50 pods found Monday at the Fairwell Spit, about 90 km (55 miles) north of the tourist city of Nelson on the South Island.
About 40 people were pushed into the sea on Monday evening, but landed by the next morning and helped about 60 volunteers return 28 survivors to the water.
“The whales are approaching the shore and it’s unclear if they will swim away or perhaps stranded again,” a DOC spokeswoman said.
“DOC rangers and volunteers are ready to respond if a whale begins to swim towards the shore and gets stuck again.”
At least 15 of the original pods have died.
The Fairwell Spit is a 26-kilometer sand hook that juts out into the waters of Golden Bay.
In the last 15 years, at least 10 pilot whales have stranded.
The latest was in February 2017, when nearly 700 mammals were launched on the beach, killing 250 people.
Scientists aren’t sure why beaches are so deadly. One theory is that spit creates a shallow seabed in the bay and interferes with the whale’s sonar navigation system.
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