About 50 whales have beached in northwest of the South Island, in New Zealand. Other whales, 9, have died despite attempts to save them and put them back on track, but now work is being done to try to keep the survivors alive.
Environmental workers work hard to keep them hydrated: they throw buckets of water and wet blankets at them waiting for the tide to allow the whales to be put back out to sea. According to experts, they lose their orientation, confused by noise pollution or led by a group leader who is disoriented for the same reasons.
Other times it may be due to a lack of food that leads whales to look for it in places closer to shallow water. The largest phenomenon of this type ever recorded is that of the Chatham Islands, 800 kilometers from the southeastern coast of New Zealand, in 1918.
There were about a thousand beached whales. They had lost their way and had run aground on the beach. On the Farewell Spit, on the other hand, 700 other whales ran aground in 2017 and about 250 died. of the acoustic one. The other surviving whales among those 700 were successfully sent off after several days of rescue operations.
This happened the same days in which, as we told in the previous article, 46 whales were stranded in Indonesia and subsequently died. Rescuers managed to save only three. 49 short-finned pilot whales had arrived on a beach on the island of Madura, in northern Java.
Volunteers used tarps or just their bare hands to try to put them back into the sea. Offshore cross currents in the area pose a danger to whales, which risk becoming trapped among coral reefs close to land. Pollution, abandoned nets and floating plastic waste are also a danger to marine animals.
In July last year, 10 pilot whales were found dead near Kupang. In 2018, a sperm whale was found dead in Indonesia with more than 100 cups and 25 plastic bags in its stomach, raising concerns about the huge marine litter problem in the Southeast Asian archipelago.
East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said: "Volunteers who are trying to help them get back out to sea say that some of the whales have returned back to the coast while their mothers are still stranded on the beach."
In recent years there are more and more accidents in which, due to nets, plastic and pollution, various animals have lost their lives.