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Dozens of Whales Die After Being Stranded on New Zealand Beach


World  (tags: Whales, New Zealand, Conservation, Pilot, Stranded, Beach )

Merissa
- 3163 days ago - edition.cnn.com
New Zealand conservation officials are planning another attempt to refloat at least 15 pilot whales that were part of a larger group that beached themselves early Friday.



   

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Cynthia S (22)
Friday August 20, 2010, 4:26 pm
Sad,so sad..This world is coming to an end...We are killing her and she is lashing back at us...but I believe we are in for something really big..that could possibly destroy humanity....
 

Ellen W (0)
Saturday August 21, 2010, 3:22 am
This is truly sad. As per Cynthia S.'s comment about destroying humanity. "Humanity" isn't very humane. We humans still may find the way forward in peace and love and if not mama Earth will go on with out us.
 

Kelly H (22)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 12:44 am
This is such a horrific site. I believe they are beaching themseves for a reason and it's OUR job to find out why!
 

J MASSETTI (11)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 1:42 am
SAD-SO VERY SAD............HOPE THEY HAVE SUCCESS WITH THE FEW REMAINING............ WE HAVE TO FIND OUT WHY THIS IS HAPPENING..............
 

Oliver Van Amerongen (0)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 1:43 am
Yes, I agree. It's really sad and I wonder why they get stranded!?
 

Cindy C (125)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 1:44 am
I AM THOROUGHLY DISGUSTED THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED IN THE FIRST PLACE AND THEY KILL THEM??? ISNT THIS ENOUGH WHEN THEY BEACHED THEMSELVES??? THE POOR THINGS AND I AM SO VERY SORRY.
 

Lynn D (0)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 1:50 am
This makes me more than sad, ...and makes me cry!
 

The Bohemian Girl (23)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 4:22 am
Not good. Could this have anything to do with sonar and noise in the ocean?
It seems to be a worrying trend at the moment.
 

William K (308)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 10:49 am
Around the time that the Navy was testing its new sonar system, which many marine biologists indicated would be harmful to marine mammals, there were mass strandings of whales. Autopsies revealed that these whales died from the benz - they had surfaced so fast to flee the noise from the sonar that they were not able to properly readjust to the changes in pressure. I do not think that was what was going on here necessarily, but human activity could very well be disrupting how cetaceans navigate. There is so much noise pollution in the world that it is difficult for whales to communicate with each other through their whale songs. Blue whale songs used the be able to be heard up to 3000 miles away, meaning that these large creatures could lead relatively solitary existences and still be in contact with their own kind, but that is increasingly difficult now. There is so much that we do not know or understand.
 

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 12:25 pm
William Kirkham's comment is very thought-provoking.
 

Karla H (6)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 12:30 pm
very upsetting story, so sad
 

Margaret Skinner (94)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 12:48 pm
REALLY SAD TO HEAR THIS....
 

. (0)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 1:14 pm
Always sad to hear. Noted.
 

Elizabeth Feller (0)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 1:27 pm
This is so sad. It just breaks my heart.
 

Lyn C (70)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 1:36 pm
These beachings usually happen for a reason, and unfortunately we may never know why tese particular whales beached. Sometimes one or two whales have a problem, and being the social creatures they are the other whales rush to be with them, and end up beaching enmasse themselves. There's so much to learn about these and other whales, if only we don't kill the all first!
 

Sonia L (0)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 1:36 pm
Je trouve celà extrêmement triste! C'est peut-être un signal nous disant d'arrêter de poluer la mer par les signaux sonores de tous ces bateaux...ou sinon je ne sais pas,mais ce n'est surement pas arrivé sans raison.
 

Anita Murray Cook (3)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 1:45 pm
Yes William what you say is true. And I believe we are killing our ocean's and earth with the things that being done. It is a shame. God gave us something wonderful and in return we have set out to destroy it. Then we whine and cry about it. Something has to give, mother earth is pissed and I don't blame her. We only have ourselves and progress to thank for it. I fear the worst is coming. And taking God out of everything has not added to our survival.
 

Ana F (128)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 1:50 pm
GRAN DOLOR AL LEER ESTA NOTICIA
 

Joy M (168)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 2:07 pm
So why don't they tie rope round them and pull them back out to sea? This is so sad,
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 3:02 pm
Obviously SOMETHING is causing these whales to beach. I don't think they are committing mass suicide, not intentionly anyway. Wonder if MAN has done anything to cause this???????
 

Tamila F (3)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 3:02 pm
It is very sad, sometimes nature doesn't make sense just like the rest of us. This does happen on occasion, it's almost like one goes and the rest follow, very sad.
 

Julija M (2)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 3:17 pm
really sad......
 

Kris B (136)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 3:21 pm
i wish we knew what caused this but William K. is right. The sonar causes problems and that is what we know is underwater. If the whole world thought the way we do to protect and live with nature maybe this would not happen. Keep changing...reduce your footprint on the world any way you can.
 

Desiree s (3)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 4:15 pm
noted. sad story. ]:
 

. (0)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 5:26 pm
We need to put some of our money into finding the answers to way this happens and how we can help. Rather then spending trillions of dollars on War and greedy big business tax breaks.
 

ChanTlalok Rain C (363)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 5:34 pm
Thanx Marissa.
 

josie batlles (44)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 7:19 pm
Oh no! this is so sad and so upsetting.....Thank you very much for sharing article x
 

Teresa K (33)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 7:22 pm
Heart breaking ...and worrying !!!
 

. (0)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 8:09 pm
WHY OH WHY ARE THEY BEACHING THEMSELVES? IS THIS SOME KIND OF WHALE RITUAL??? OR IS IT JUST THE EARTH CONFIRMING THAT WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF COMPLETELY DESTROYING EVERYTHING THAT IS GOOD HERE?
THIS IS INCREDIBLY HEARTBREAKING... THEY ARE SUCH BEAUTIFUL AMAZING CREATURES!
THERE MAY COME A POINT WHERE WE WON'T EVEN BE ABLE TO HELP AT ALL ANYMORE.
GOD HELP US...
I DO KNOW HOWEVER THAT THIS IS NOT MY FOREVER HOME, AND NOTHING HERE WILL LAST FOREVER, BUT IT'S SO VERY HARD TO WATCH.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 8:28 pm
I hope the rescuers at least have some success, even one would be great.
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 9:17 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Bernadette Gilbride (11)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 9:51 pm
This is so sad.
 

Quanta Kiran (67)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 10:15 pm
i wonder if whales beached themselves before the industrial revolution?
 

Julie van Niekerk (230)
Sunday August 22, 2010, 10:55 pm
One must try everything to put them back to safety.
 

Donna O (1)
Monday August 23, 2010, 12:41 am
Terrible and very sad
 

Past Member (0)
Monday August 23, 2010, 1:00 am
Why does a whale beach itself? We don't know. Maybe they have a death wish and wish to die? Don't whales have any rights to live the way they want to? What right do we ever helpful humans have to interfere? But then we allways did know what is best for everything???

Just a thought.
 

Herbert E (10)
Monday August 23, 2010, 1:02 am
We, the "crown" of creation can leave a nightclub when the music is too loud. The whales prefer to commit suicide instead. But this doesn't interest the military the world around, they "need" their f.... sonar.
 

abby l (3)
Monday August 23, 2010, 3:03 am
very anguishing to see suffering like this! Whales are touching animals.
 

Joy Wong (100)
Monday August 23, 2010, 3:46 am
The poor whales, hope they manage to get the rest back to the sea.
 

KAREN L (10)
Monday August 23, 2010, 5:04 am
good luck to the New Zealanders in their worthy cause
 

Carol Orton (20)
Monday August 23, 2010, 5:55 am
So very sad, I agreed with what Willian said .. I hope they manage to get some of them back out to sea.
 

Elizabeth D. (0)
Monday August 23, 2010, 6:57 am
Marine mammal stranding has always been a mystery. Further conservation research would be helpful.
 

Cathy A (67)
Monday August 23, 2010, 8:20 am
Noted. So sad and I wonder if what William K said was true. I live in New England and there are often stories or whales beaching themselves, but why, remains a mystery.
 

(0)
Monday August 23, 2010, 11:07 am
so sad
 

anne Barusta (0)
Monday August 23, 2010, 3:37 pm
I do agree with William Kirkham
 

Rosemary B (5)
Monday August 23, 2010, 3:42 pm
Very sad and I believe they're not really sure why whales beach themselves. Hopefully the answer will come soon.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday August 23, 2010, 4:13 pm
The whales know why they beach themselves. It's a pefectly natural thing for a whale to do. It's what they want to do, not for us to judge them for it. Let's leave them alone? How many whales have been re-launched into the sea only to swim a few miles and do it again? Mankind has been interfering with nature for too long now and we all know the repercussions of that.

Perhaps these whales have a disease and wish to isolate themselves from the rest of the pod to avoid spreading it? Perhaps they have been ostracized from the pod for some other reason? Maybe just voluntary euthanasia? It was their choice so it is probably not in their best interest to be returned to the sea?

The rescuers obviously have good, if not misguided, intentions but not all the answers so why not trust the whales instinct and leave them be. Freedom of choice? Or don't we extend human rights, civil liberties to mammals? Clever us know best? No, I am not inhumane, just a realist.

PS: Whales were beaching themselves long before sonar was invented.
 

MaryLove You Love (0)
Monday August 23, 2010, 7:12 pm
The rescue is not enough to save all of them:(
 

Dianne D (490)
Thursday September 2, 2010, 9:27 am
Very sad. Man has got to be to blame.
 

paul l (2)
Thursday September 9, 2010, 12:01 am
Refloating the poor whales is virtually impossible!
First of all they are too large just to turn around without massive effort but has anyone ever done a scientific study of why these whales beach in the first place?
 
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