WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Rescuers were monitoring a pod of pilot whales swimming just off the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island late on Tuesday after more than a dozen of the group were killed in a mass stranding.
Rescuers have twice enticed the 28 survivors out to deep water over the past two days after they rebeached themselves and fear the whales could return for a third time overnight. At least 15 whales have died.
Officials said mammal medics and conservation experts would follow the group swimming just off remote Farewell Spit until last light.
“While the whales have come close to shore at times, they remain free-swimming,” whale conservation chairy Project Jonah New Zealand said on its Facebook page. “Our staff are staying