More than 400 whales were stranded on a New Zealand beach Friday, with hundreds already dead as volunteers raced to refloat the survivors, the Department of Conservation said. It was one of the largest mass beachings recorded in New Zealand, where strandings are relatively common, said Andrew Lamason, the department's regional manager. Some 416 pilot whales beached themselves overnight at Farewell Spit in the Golden Bay region at the northern tip of South Island.
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