More than 120 black dolphins and bottlenose dolphins have landed on the Chatham Archipelago shores, which is 680 km southeast of New Zealand. All the animals died.
The tragedy was reported by the diver and photographer Sam Wilde, who is currently on the islands. According to him, the animals threw themselves out on the northern beach of Chatham’s main island. Wilde noted that it was a terrifying scene.
Rescue services, which arrived at the scene, found 97 dead black dolphins and three more bottlenose dolphins. The other 26 animals were alive, but they had to be euthanized because they had been on land for too long to return to the sea.
The reasons for this behavior of black dolphins and bottlenose dolphins are now being investigated.
Earlier, the death of 150 dolphins was recorded off the coast of Stewart Island, located in the south of New Zealand.