Marine mammals strandings are a relatively common occurrence on Aotearoa shores, with DOC responding to an average 85 incidents a year - mostly of single animals.
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Add to Log in to add this video to a playlist. Up to pilot whales have stranded and died on a remote beach on Stewart Island. On Saturday evening at pm, a tramper notified DOC about the stranding.
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Stewart Island Whale. Related stories. The problem also plagues the archipelago's neighbours, with a sperm whale dying in Indonesia last year with nearly six kilograms of plastic waste discovered in its stomach. In Thailand, a whale also died last year after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags.
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