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NZ rescuers cut rope to free entangled whale

New Zealand rescuers cut free a humpback whale Wednesday that had been entangled for at least two days in a heavy rope that officials said would have caused its slow death. Full story

NZealand rescuers save 14 whales from stranded pod

Rescuers who battled exhaustion and darkness succeeded in saving 14 pilot whales from a pod of 74 that stranded on a remote New Zealand beach. Full story

NZ rescuers begin moving stranded whales

Rescuers on Friday began moving the 24 survivors of a pod of 80 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote northern New Zealand beach to a more sheltered area in an attempt to save them. Full story

Marine expert: ‘Crisis situation' for N.Z. whales

   Rescue crews and volunteers face a "critical time" as they try to save the surviving 24 pilot whales stranded on a beach in New Zealand. TODAYshow.com's Dara Brown talks with Kate McClave, curator of the Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium.

'Quite traumatic': 56 whales die on beach

Only 24 of several dozen pilot whales stranded on a New Zealand beach survived a stormy first night ashore despite rescuers' desperate efforts to save them, officials said Thursday. Full story

56 pilot whales die after stranding on NZ beach

Only 24 of several dozen pilot whales stranded on a remote northern New Zealand beach survived a stormy first night ashore despite rescuers' desperate efforts to save them, officials said Thursday. Full story

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HANDOUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AND EDITORIAL SALES - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION"One of 25 pilot whales that died on September 22, 2010 lies in the sand after beaching themselves at Spirits Bay, 320 kilometres northwest of Auckland. In the second mass stranding in

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HANDOUT RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE AND EDITORIAL SALES - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION"Two people inspect one of 25 pilot whales that died on September 22, 2010 after beaching themselves at Spirits Bay, 320 kilometres northwest of Auckland. In the second mass stranding

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A handout photo released on December 28, 2009 by Project Jonah shows volunteers trying to refloat stranded pilot whales at Colville Bay on the Coromandel Peninsula on December 28, 2009. Twenty-one pilot whales died and 42 were successfully refloated after stranding at the bay while another 105 whal