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Dozens of long-finned pilot whales have stranded close to Triangle Flat on Farewell Spit in Nelson's Golden Bay
The mass stranding of about 70 whales last night followed the refloating of a single stranded whale yesterday.
It's absolutely devastating to see so many of these whales stranded but we'll do our best to save as many as we can,".
Time running out for stranded whales (15/11/2011)
The survival prospects for 34 pilot whales stranded on tidal flats about 2 kilometres off the tip of Farewell Spit in Golden Bay worsened tonight.
Department of Conservation Golden Bay area manager John Mason said the whales, trapped in the shallows, had moved further in towards the spit on the midday high tide.
82 whales beached in Golden Bay (4/2/2011)
A pod of 82 pilot whales has beached in Golden Bay, west of Nelson.
One baby whale and nine others have died, and the others face an uncomfortable night with Department of Conservation (DOC) staff unable to attempt to refloat the whales until tomorrow, DOC spokeswoman Trish Grant said.
The Spit has become famous for whale strandings. In 1991, 325 whales came ashore and there are pictures of this in the Visitors Centre and the skeleton of a whale is displayed outside the Visitor Centre.