One pygmy whale remains alive after others beach again

More Than 140 Whales Die After Mass Stranding in New Zealand

More Than 140 Whales Die After Mass Stranding in New Zealand

Conservation workers and volunteers in New Zealand managed to rescue six stranded whales on Tuesday.

Four pilot whales were left fighting for survival overnight and experts flown in by helicopter on Wednesday say at least one has since died.

The humpback whale is thought to have died well before the rest in a separate incident.

Initially, 10 whales got stranded on Ninety Mile Beach on the North Island.

A huge pod of whales, including one humpback and 27 pilot whales, has washed ashore on a remote section of coast in Victoria's east.

"Sadly, the likelihood of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales was extremely low".

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Other stranding incidents were reported in New Zealand on Saturday and Sunday, however they're not related to the pilot whale tragedy on Rakiura/Stewart Island.

Turner urged the public not to attempt to visit the hard-to-reach site.

"We encourage people to steer clear of the area for safety reasons and to ensure the efforts of crews are not impacted" he said.

The whales are on a beach only accessible by foot and the public are being advised to stay away from the area.

Most of the beached animals have died, according to authorities. "It's such a remote location, there's really not much else we can do", Turner said.

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