New Zealanders race to rescue 198 beached pilot whales

February 13, 2015 5:47 PM

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New Zealanders race to rescue 198 beached pilot whales

The massive pod of whales are stranded on what's called Farewell Spit, a narrow finger of rock and sand that stretches out into the sea off the northern tip of the South Island. The spit, which extends eastward from Cape Farewell, forms the northern boundary of Golden Bay.

The spit is a stranding hotspot, as the currents between New Zealand's two main islands can push fish and sea mammals onto the narrow hook-shaped strip of land.

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