Updated 5:05pm: More than a dozen common dolphins have died following a mass stranding on the Cavalli Islands in the Far North.
(They were stranded at the Cavalli Islands which are a small group of islands near Whangaroa on Northland’s East Coast in northern New Zealand. They lie 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) to the east of Matauri Bay on the mainland.)
Massey University scientists have been working alongside DoC since the discovery was made yesterday.
DoC Bay of Islands Conservation services manager Rolien Elliot says a yachtie had reported a dolphin in the shallows off Motukawanui Island.
“When that was responded to we went round the corner to Wai-iti Bay and there were more dolphins on the beach there.
“Unfortunately they had passed away so they were carcasses on the beach.”