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NZ rescuers scramble to save dolphins

Ten dolphins stranded on a remote beach on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island are being soaked with buckets of water as part of a rescue attempt.

August 12, 2022
By Lucy Craymer
12 August 2022

Rescuers in New Zealand are trying to save 10 dolphins stranded on a remote beach, soaking them with buckets of water until the tide comes in to hopefully take them back out to sea.

The 10 common dolphins, including one calf, were stranded at Whakanewha Bay on Waiheke Island, off Auckland, the Department of Conservation (DOC) said in a Facebook post.

Volunteers were at the beach, bringing buckets of water to where the dolphins were stranded to keep them wet, the Stuff media outlet reported.

The DOC and Project Jonah, which specialises in rescuing stranded whales and dolphins, said their staff and equipment were on the way to help with the rescue.

The small island of Waiheke is about 40 minutes by ferry from Auckland, and is home to about 10,000 people.

New Zealand has the highest stranding rate for dolphins and whales in the world, with hundreds getting beached on its shores every year.

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