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Second Group of Whales Beaches at Same Spot

December 31, 1993

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) _ Another group of pilot whales was beached Thursday on the same stretch of sand where about 70 of the animals died earlier this week.

About 30 whales were stranded at Farewell Spit on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. Residents were out in force again in a bid to push them back into the sea, a Department of Conservation spokesman said.

Earlier this week, about 150 people toiled for two days in an attempt to save the first pod. Each time the confused and weary animals were returned to the surf, they swam back toward the beach. Eventually, they were killed.

Conservation spokesman Geoff Rennison said the two pods probably are related.

″We think it’s part of one major group of animals which has been passing through Cook Strait,″ he said.

The strait separates the two main islands of New Zealand.

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