Regulatory News

Thirty-six pilot whales died stranded on a beach in the Bay of Plenty, in the northeast of New Zealand. Another 22 whales which were part of the group were returned to the sea with the help of biologists and volunteers. Experts still do not know the reason for the collective stranding.

In an attempt to save the aquatic mammals, an operation was mounted by members of a Non-Governmental Organization. Volunteers and biologists used floating buoys to keep the whales wet and managed to rescue 22 of them. However, 25 animals succumbed and 11 had to be euthanized because there was no way to remove them from the sand.

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