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Whale disposal to begin on Monday

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/02/2017
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The task of dealing with between 250 to 300 dead pilot whales on a New Zealand beach gets under way on Monday.

As long as the rescued whales stay at sea the focus on Monday will turn to dealing with the dead animals.

There have been reports the whales may "explode" on the beach where they lie on Farwell Spit.

A Department of Conservation spokeswoman told NZ Newswire efforts on Monday will turn towards disposal of the dead whales.

"We are talking to iwi but the idea is to tether the whales with a long narrow fence to stop them drifting away and becoming a hazard in the water.

"Then they will be left to bio-degrade in the marine environment. They will be de-gassed to allow the gas to escape," she said.

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