In photos: Mass whale stranding at Farewell Spit gallery

A heartbreaking scene.
MARTIN DE RUYTER/FAIRFAX MEDIA

A heartbreaking scene.

Hundreds of whales have died after a huge stranding at Farewell Spit.

Pictures capture the grim scene and the desperate efforts to save more whales from dying.

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* The biggest stranding in recent times

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The water was cold but it didn't stop volunteers dedicated to trying to save the pilot whales.
MARTIN DE RUYTER/FAIRFAX MEDIA

The water was cold but it didn't stop volunteers dedicated to trying to save the pilot whales.

The stranding is thought to be the third biggest in New Zealand's history.
MARTIN DE RUYTER/FAIRFAX MEDIA

The stranding is thought to be the third biggest in New Zealand's history.

People flocked to the site of the stranding to help refloat the whales that had survived the night.
Thomas Connor

People flocked to the site of the stranding to help refloat the whales that had survived the night.

Volunteers faced a huge task refloating the stranded whales.
TOMAS CONNOR

Volunteers faced a huge task refloating the stranded whales.

Rescuers were able to refloat all of the whales that were still alive, however many had died overnight.
THOMAS CONNOR

Rescuers were able to refloat all of the whales that were still alive, however many had died overnight.

Hundreds of the whales didn't survive the night.
THOMAS CONNOR/SUPPLIED

Hundreds of the whales didn't survive the night.

More than 70 per cent of the whales died after the stranding.
NINA HINDMARSH/FAIRFAX NZ

More than 70 per cent of the whales died after the stranding.

Rescuers are told how to deal with the whales.
NINA HINDMARSH/FAIRFAX NZ

Rescuers are told how to deal with the whales.

Hundreds of whales have stranded at Farewell Spit in one of the biggest beachings in New Zealand history.
NINA HINDMARSH/FAIRFAX NZ

Hundreds of whales have stranded at Farewell Spit in one of the biggest beachings in New Zealand history.

The stranding is the largest in years in New Zealand.
NINA HINDMARSH/FAIRFAX NZ

The stranding is the largest in years in New Zealand.

Volunteers try to refloat one of the stranded whales.
NINA HINDMARSH/FAIRFAX NZ

Volunteers try to refloat one of the stranded whales.

More than 400 whales were stranded on Farewell Spit, most of them dying.
NINA HINDMARSH/FAIRFAX NZ

More than 400 whales were stranded on Farewell Spit, most of them dying.

Hundreds of pilot whales are dead after a mass stranding at Farewell Spit in Golden Bay.

Hundreds of pilot whales are dead after a mass stranding at Farewell Spit in Golden Bay.

This is the biggest stranding in recent times in New Zealand.
Nina Hindmarsh

This is the biggest stranding in recent times in New Zealand.

Rescuers stand amongst the 416 stranded whales.
Nina Hindmarsh

Rescuers stand amongst the 416 stranded whales.

 - Stuff

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