74 Whales Stranded in New Zealand Volunteers battle to keep some alive overnight By Emily Rauhala, Newser User Posted Sep 22, 2010 5:38 AM CDT 4 comments Comments Volunteers fight to save a stranded pilot whale last year. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Steven McNicholl) (Newser) – A pod of 74 pilot whales is stranded in a remote section of northern New Zealand called Spirits Bay beach. Though 25 have already died, volunteers are struggling mightily to keep the survivors alive overnight so they might be re-floated tomorrow, notes the AP. In mid-August a pod of 58 pilot whales was stranded at a nearby beach. Despite hundreds of helpers fighting to save them, just nine were eventually floated off the beach and returned to the sea. Click here for the latest news on whales.