Blogger helps to save stranded whales but…

New Zealand-based American travel blogger, Liz Carson, has described the worst night of her life! The Young Adventuress narrated her story of seeing 145 whales stranded on a remote beach. “I’ll never forget their cries… how they desperately tried to swim but their weight only dug them deeper into the sands,” she wrote sadly.


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It’s no secret that Liz is a fun of nature and animals. She lives her life visiting and documenting areas with such distinctive land-forms and pretty unique creatures. Therefore, it was so heartbreaking for Liz to experience this and she’s said in a descriptive Instagram post that she’ll “never be the same after this.”

What exactly happened?

While on a five-day hike, with a friend on a lonely beach in New Zealand, Liz discovered a horrifying sight, that threatens to haunt her forever.

“50kms into a 5 day tramp on the remote west coast of Stewart Island, we were wandering back to our camp at at sunset and came across hundreds of pilot whales becoming beached in the low surf”, she wrote in an Instagram post.

According to the blogger, the sea animals were left on the shore, literally stranded. In a panic, she and her friend Julian tried to save the animals.

“When we realized the horror of what we were seeing, we dropped everything and ran straight into the water. Desperately we grabbed their tails and pushed and yelled, before we got hammered by them thrashing around”, she added.

However, due to the weight of the whales and their in-activeness, there was nothing more they could do to save them.

“It was useless – they were so big and heavy and the realization we could do nothing to save them was the worst feeling I’ve ever experienced.”

“We could do nothing to save them… we were in a place with no people, no service, no help.”

They tried to find some help, but in the end nothing came out of it

Filled with sorrow, Liz and Julian helplessly tried to get another solution. She further revealed, in the post, that Julian took off running to find aid. She said he ran about 15km before meeting any people.

@ju_riviera was a champion and took off running at 8:30pm in his wet sandy clothes and boots almost 15 kilometers back to a base hut up the bay where we knew there were DOC rangers working who would have a radio. He made it in 1.5 hours to raise the alarm…”


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While Liz waited for Julian’s return, she tried to save the smaller whales but all efforts failed. She even says she fetched water onto the drier whales till her hands became numb.

“I’ll never forget their cries, the way they watched me as I sat with them in the water, how they desperately tried to swim but their weight only dug them deeper into the sands. My heart completely broke.”

Even when Julian returned with 10 rangers to try saving the animals, they realized they’d need “close to 1000 people to save them, more than double the whole population of Rakiura (the vicinity).” 

Blogger helps to save stranded whales but…

In the end, the animals had to be euthanized. This is the process where animals are put to death painlessly. Definitely a sad way to go, but better than watching them die.

“Sadly, the likelihood of being able to successfully re-float the remaining whales was extremely low. The remote location, lack of nearby personnel and the whales’ deteriorating condition meant the most humane thing to do was to euthanize,” the Department of Conservation said in a statement.

While they were not able to suggest what caused this, the DOC stated that illness could’ve been a factor.

Other possible factors include navigational error, geographical features, a rapidly falling tide, being chased by a predator, or extreme weather.


Amanda Lucy


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