Around 200 people, mostly volunteers, took part in the rescue of the cetaceans. The tide helped rescuers to free the animals. However, they were afraid that the roundheads would return to the beach again, the agency said AP. However, their fears were partially fulfilled.
The Department of Conservation (DOC), which protects New Zealand’s natural and historic sites, has sent a rescue team to the scene. Specialists in marine mammals took care of the animals on the beach and irrigated them until they were able to move them into the sea.
Kulohlavci belong to the family of dolphins and with a length of up to six meters and a weight of about four tons, they belong to smaller cetaceans.
Hundreds of cetaceans have lost their lives in the last 15 years on the beach called Farewell Spit. In February 2017, 250 of them suddenly died there. According to the AP agency, the slow sandy beaches are sometimes referred to as “whale traps” because it is difficult for animals to move away from the gentle slopes if they get too close to them.
The causes of mass clogging of cetaceans are not known, but it is a relatively common phenomenon. Researchers believe that the reasons may include illness, predator chasing, ebb or disorientation. According to some, human activity is also to blame: high-frequency sonar can confuse cetaceans, AFP recalls.