Overwhelming action: A group of pilot whales stranded in New Zealand. Vacationers and locals followed the call for help from environmentalists – and were able to save the majority of the animals from death.
Seven stranded whales survived in New Zealand thanks to the spontaneous use of hundreds of helpers. Around a thousand volunteers followed a call and came to Matarangi Beach on the North Island, the environmental group Jonah said on Saturday. The stranded short-finned pilot whales were pulled back into the sea during the next flood. However, four more whales did not survive.
The short-finned pilot whales were stranded off the Coromandel Peninsula. The environmentalists tried to bring the seven surviving whales back into the water and published a call for help on the online service Facebook.
About a thousand locals and holidaymakers then hurried to the beach and looked after the helpless animals for hours. Jonah spoke of an overwhelming response.
According to the New Zealand environmental protection agency, seven whales on the beach were able to survive until they were able to be pulled into deeper waters by several boats during the next flood. Four more whales would be buried by agency officials.
The rescued pilot whales have been “healthy swimming and actively observed,” a spokesman for New Zealand’s DOC told the New Zealand Herald.
“We hope that they stay in the sea.”
Local residents and tourists should check out the port of Matarangi in the coming days to see if some of the whales land on the beach again.
In New Zealand, whales are always stranded. Long-finned pilot whales, which are closely related to short-finned pilot whales, are particularly affected. Two years ago, more than 330 pilot whales died in a similar incident in southern New Zealand.
And I mean…Everyone can imagine the joy and relief of the brave and active rescuers as soon as they could see the animals at the sea happy and free again.
This is another confirmation of the success we can achieve through the collaboration. Together we can achieve a lot for the animals.
Many thanks to all active helpers!
My best regards to all, Venus