Worst stranding in decades: Over 300 pilot whales die in New Zealand

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Most of the 415 whales that washed up on a narrow sand spit in Golden Bay, New Zealand died by Thursday night, while scores of volunteers armed with blankets struggled to keep the surviving animals wet to refloat them during a life-saving tide. According to Auckland University Marine Biologist Rochelle Constantine, the event was the nation's third largest recorded stranding. The biggest was in 1918, when about 1,000 pilot whales came ashore on the Chatham Islands. In 1985 about 450 whales were stranded in Auckland. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/82tb

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