Call to probe whale strandings on Farewell Spit

00:00, Jan 24 2014

Climate Justice Taranaki says it wants urgent research into the whale strandings on Farewell Spit to rule out any links between them and a seismic survey in Taranaki.

The group said the survey ship, Polarcus Alima, was doing seismic testing about 90 kilometres from Farewell Spit between January 5 and January 18. Between January 6 and January 18 more than 50 pilot whales became beached on Farewell Spit, and another 52 whales had either died or been put down in the previous two weeks in the area.

"Surely the coincidence is too high to be ignored," said spokeswoman Emily Bailey.

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