MOSCOW, Feb. 21 — RIA Novosti. More than a hundred pilot whales or pilot whales stranded New Zealand's Stewart Island, located in the southern part of the archipelago, said on Monday AFP.
According to the agency, the bodies of 107 dolphins were discovered by tourists in one of the deserted beaches. By that time, most of the animals — 59 species — already dead, but the survivors had to grind lull as to drag them to the water was impossible.
According to a Ministry of the Environment of New Zealand, who is not named, "transportation" dolphin could take up to 12 hours, during which time the animals will still be killed by the heat.
Pilot whale or black dolphins — marine mammals of the order Cetacea. The body of the pilot whale, reaching a length of 8.5 meters, fully painted in black except for a white spot under his chin in the shape of an anchor. Pilot whale weight is about 800 pounds, but there are instances weighing more than two tons. Different types of pilot whales live virtually anywhere in the world: in the warm tropical seas and the coast of Northern Europe.
In New Zealand, whales and dolphins are often washed ashore. Basically, it is in the summer months, when flocks of mammals migrate to Antarctic waters or returning from there past the coast of New Zealand. Generally, if one pilot whale washed ashore, then others try to help her and, as a result, share its fate, said the Associated Press.
In early February, a flock of 82 pilot whales washed up on a beach in the bay of Golden Bay, New Zealand's North Island.