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Whale knowledge lacking, New Zealand study says

Lack of “baseline” information hampers good management of strandings

Research from Massey University has suggested that knowledge about how to help stranded whales is underdeveloped.

The research was published on 12 October, just as two pods totalling nearly 500 whales were stranded on New Zealand’s Chatham Islands. Those whales were unable to be refloated, according to the country’s Department of Conservation, and either died naturally or were euthanised.

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