New Zealand Battles to Save 80 Beached Whales

Tourists help keep animals cool
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2011 4:30 AM CST
In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, a rescue worker comforts a whale in nearby stream at Spirits Bay in the Far North, New Zealand.   (AP Photo/Richard Robinson)

(Newser) – More than a hundred rescuers in New Zealand are struggling to save some 80 beached pilot whales. They beached themselves today on the country’s South Island, and while rescuers managed to turn four back to sea, 10, including one baby, have died, reports the New Zealand Herald. With tides and nightfall preventing any of the whales from returning to sea until tomorrow morning, more are likely to die tonight, an expert says. Tourists are among the rescuers who've tried to keep the animals cool.

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