>> Taking advantage of high tide. Rescuers in New Zealand desperately working to refloat surviving pilot whales. Some 300 have already died. Their carcases still scattered across Golden Bay Beach. For those that could still make it, volunteers taking turns to pour water over the beached whales, in attempt to keep them cool.
>> Emotionally, it's quite stressing cuz you can hear the whales calling which is really quite strong.
Further out at sea, others neck deep in water forming a human chain to stop more whales from entering the shallows. Many that were rescued at dawn, restranding themselves by the afternoon.
Beached whales isn't an uncommon sight in this bay. Shallow muddy waters confuse the mammals' sonar, leaving them vulnerable.>> It's a natural event. I think often, we look for excuses or a reason or a meaning behind it, but pilot whales have been mass stranding for long before humans arrived here.
>> It's one of New Zealand's biggest known whale strandings and it's the largest since 1985 when 450 were stranded in Auckland. But, local media now reporting the arrival of a fresh pod, signaling numbers could be set to rise.