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New Zealand: After mass stranding and 70+ deaths, remaining whales catch high-tide escape

New Zealand Herald - There was hope for 64 stranded pilot whales last night when they were finally helped on their way to the safety of deeper water.

An army of 300 volunteers worked from Friday to help the pod of 198 mammals beached along Farewell Spit at Golden Bay, near Nelson.

At least 70 died overnight Friday. Yesterday morning, 70 live pilot whales were still stranded at Triangle Flat - but at high tide in early evening most were helped into the water.  Read more.

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