A set of 90 pilot whales have stranded on a spit at the northern tip of New Zealand's South isle - the subsequent incident in the region this month. According to John Mason the whales were mottled by an airliner pilot even as flying over Farewell Spit. Seven whales died in the same area earlier this month when 25 of them were stranded.
In November, 47 whales also died in the same area when a pod of 65 got trapped. They are most general in New Zealand in the summer, when whales go by on their relocation to and from Antarctic waters. Officials are hoping that the whales will be able to refloat themselves when the tide rises in the dusk.