Seven-year-old KokoPeta Botello helps keep a whale damp. Photo / NZPA
New Zealand - The exact number of whales who have died is not known, but there are at least 12 dead on the beach at the remote Spirits Bay, 90km north of Kaitaia, and a number of others in the water.
Although weather relief had been forecast today, a weather station at Cape Reinga reported the wind remained very strong. The spread of whales across a large beach area had added to the difficulties of organising the rescue. Read more@NZHerald