A flock of 24 pilot whales, otherwise known as the black dolphins washed up on a beach in the mangroves of the North Island of New Zealand, all the animals were killed, reported Friday by the Associated Press, citing a representative of the New Zealand Wildlife Service, Jonathan Maxwell (Jonathan Maxwell).
Ten pilot whales were found in the shallows of the bay Parengarenga (Parengarenga) still alive, but their condition was very poor, in addition, the weather conditions and the long wait for the tide was not allowed to hope for their return to the ocean. So had to grind to sleep.
"Unfortunately, the situation is not in favor of these animals. We had no choice but how to ease their suffering, "- said Maxwell.
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, hence another name for these animals. Pilot whale weight is about 800 pounds, but there are also instances of 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. This is mainly 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 2007, on the beach at the northern tip of the South Island, 120 pilot whales died.
In mid-August of last year in the town of Kaitaia in the north to the shore 58 stranded pilot whales, and only nine of them were able to return back to the water.