The horrifying event of whales beaching themselves on a remote beach in New Zealand has resurfaced again as 240 more whales arrived on Thursday.
Early today, many volunteers had successfully refloated near 100 of the more than 400 pilot whales which were stranded on the beach Thursday.
Volunteers created a “human chain” by connected arms in neck-deep water levels, and unfortunately still were unable to prevent a new pod from reaching the beach.
This year’s whale stranding at the Farwell Spit at the head of South Island is probably the worst that New Zealand has experienced. Thankfully, dozens of people came out to help.
It’s estimated that over 300 of the 400 original whales died while medics and volunteers attempted to keep them alive by cooling them with water.
On-site members are hoping that the new arrivals who survived can be put back to sea during the next high tide in daylight tomorrow on Sunday.
It is currently unknown why these whales continue to lodge themselves on the nearly three-mile-long beach near Golden Bay.
One theory is that the whales are driven onto the beaches due to sharks, considering that bite marks were discovered on one of the dead whales.
Herb Christophers of New Zealand’s Department of Conservation reported that the whales were attempting to get around the head of South Island, but they made an error in their navigation and headed towards the beach.
He explained that a whale’s echolocation could be impaired when swimming in shallow waters.
“It’s a very difficult place if you get lost in there, and you are a whale,” he said.
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Early Monday, President Donald Trump claims that the media are ignoring terrorist attacks, and of course, without providing any factual evidence to support the claim.
President Trump made the statement during a speech to U.S. service members at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida just after a briefing and enjoying lunch with service members.
Trump began by discussing how “radical Islamic terrorists are determined to strike our homeland” just like 9/11, in the Boston bombings, and in San Bernardino. He claims that it’s “happening all over Europe” referring to Paris and Nice.
“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. In many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it. They have their reasons, and you understand that ” Trump said in his speech.
Trump did not cite nor provide any evidence that the media are ignoring terrorist attacks.
Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to the President, attempted to justify the unconstitutional immigration ban by referencing the “Bowling Green Massacre,” which never occurred. She later confessed that she misspoke and that she meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists.” However, the Cosmopolitan claims that Conway also referred to the imaginary massacre during an interview with one of their reporters.
During Trump’s speech on Monday, Trump swore to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and also demanded that members of NATO contribute more to the alliance.
“To these forces of death and destruction, America and its allies will defeat you,” Trump said, adding that the U.S. needs “strong programs” to keep out “people who want to destroy us and destroy our country.”
He claims this was the purpose of implementing the immigration ban, which has now been temporarily halted by a federal judge thanks to Washington State’s lawsuit.
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