Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Earth Science News .




WHALES AHOY
Pilot whales stranded on New Zealand beach
by Staff Writers
Wellington (AFP) Nov 15, 2012


A pod of 28 pilot whales that were left stranded on a New Zealand beach on Thursday are likely be put down as there is little chance of refloating them, wildlife officials said.

Twelve of the whales that beached themselves at Golden Bay on the South Island had already died and the rest were in poor condition, the Department of Conservation (DOC) said.

DOC regional manager John Mason said the whales beached during the highest tide of the month, significantly reducing the chances of getting them back in the water.

"Normally they strand mid-tide but these are high and dry right at the top of the beach," he told AFP.

"The next tide won't reach them and we're mulling our options at the moment, most likely euthanasia."

Mass standings are common in New Zealand and a pod of about 100 pilot whales beached themselves in the same bay last January, with most failing to survive.

Pilot whales are members of the dolphin family and grow up to six metres (20 feet) long.

The reason why they beach themselves in unknown, although scientists speculate it may occur when their sonar becomes scrambled in shallow water.

.


Related Links
Follow the Whaling Debate






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





WHALES AHOY
World's rarest whale seen for the first time
London, UK (SPX) Nov 08, 2012
A whale that is almost unknown to science has been seen for the first time after two individuals-a mother and her male calf-were stranded and died on a New Zealand beach. A report in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, offers the first complete description of the spade-toothed beaked whale (Mesoplodon traversii), a species previously known only from a few bones. The discovery is the ... read more


WHALES AHOY
Life's no beach for seaside victims of Sandy

Statement on the handling of risk situations by scientists

Under-fire utility boss resigns after storm Sandy

New York governor seeks $30 bn in aid after Sandy

WHALES AHOY
Raytheon submits Space Fence proposal to the USAF

Larger version of Kindle Fire tablet unleashed

Lockheed Martin Submits Space Fence Radar Proposal to USAF to Detect and Track Orbital Objects

Chinese LED firm plans record investment in Taiwan

WHALES AHOY
Super storm tracked by ESA water mission

Greenpeace catches 'black market' fish

Navy Oceanographers Delve Deeper in Wave Data to Improve Forecasts

EU gives 'yellow card' to eight nations for illegal fishing

WHALES AHOY
Why Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change

Summer has arrived at frozen Antarctic runway

Clouds Could Explain How Snowball Earth Thawed Out

U.S., New Zealand in Antarctic proposal

WHALES AHOY
In Mexico City, a green revolution, one lettuce at a time

Climate-related emissions from feedyards monitored in AgriLife Research study

CSHL-led team discovers new way in which plants control flower production

Gene find turns soldier beetle defence into biotech opportunity

WHALES AHOY
Strong Mexico quake causes panic but no damage reported

2011 Virginia quake triggered landslides at extraordinary distances

Tabletop fault model reveals why some quakes result in faster shaking

New York art market flooded -- literally

WHALES AHOY
Nigerian military offensive kills 'murderer of ex-general'

Dialogue 'preferred option' for Mali crisis: UN envoy

Kenya to deploy army after massacre of police

Algeria urges talks on Mali after military accord

WHALES AHOY
Virtual Reality Could Help People Lose Weight and Fight Prejudice

Research suggests that humans are slowly but surely losing intellectual and emotional abilities

A better brain implant: Slim electrode cozies up to single neurons

Significant relationship between mortality and telomere length discovered




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement