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Fears of exploding whales as New Zealand clears carcasses

General February 14, 2017

An estimated 666 pilot whales were stranded in two pods at Farewell Spit, on the northern tip of New Zealand's South IslandThe grim task of clearing hundreds of washed-up whale carcasses was under way in New Zealand Tuesday, with the beach closed over fears the bodies will fill with gas and explode as they decompose. The sands at Farewell Spit where the nearly 700 pilot whales beached in one of the largest mass strandings ever in New Zealand were closed to the public after authorities declared the rotting bodies a health risk. The Department of Conservation said the carcasses of more than 300 whales were being trucked to an inaccessible location where nature would be allowed to take its course.


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