Over 200 NZ whales refloat and return to sea
Feb.12, South Island: More than 200 whales stranded on a remote beach in New Zealand on Saturday have refloated themselves and returned to sea.
But conservation officials have warned that they could still turn back to the beach at Farewell Spit, South Island.
Earlier, volunteers managed to refloat some 100 of the more than 400 pilot whales which beached on Thursday.
However a human chain, with volunteers wading neck-deep into the water, failed to prevent a fresh pod making landfall.
"The 240-odd whales that had stranded between Puponga and Pakawau late on Saturday have mostly refloated themselves on last night's high tide and are milling around in shallow water," conservation spokesman Herb Christophers said.
Seventeen of the group which remained stranded were refloated by rescuers and volunteers who were working on the spit.
A volunteer tends to a whale as they prepare to refloat them after one of the country's largest recorded mass whale strandings, in Golden Bay, at the top of New Zealand's South Island, 12 February 2017
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