Whale Stranding at Farewell Spit

In February 2017 over 600 pilot whales beached themselves at Farewell Spit, a fin-shaped headland at the northern tip of the South Island. It is the second-largest whale stranding in New Zealand’s recorded history, after the 1918 stranding of 1,000 whales on the beaches of the Chatham Islands.  The reason for the stranding is unclear; …

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