Mass beachings have become a tragically common sight at this New Zealand coastline.
- Conservation officials are working to keep a massive group of whales alive after the animals stranded themselves.
- The same coastline has been the site of several mass beachings, most recently just last month.
- Why the whale strand themselves repeatedly as this particular site is still a mystery.
Ten pilot whales died when about 82 of the mammals beached at the top of New Zealand's South Island on Friday, officials said, warning that the others could not be refloated immediately.
"It is an ordeal for them to be exposed stranded like that and be exposed in the sun," Conservation Department spokeswoman Trish Grant said. "Unfortunately some just do die."
"We'd be optimistic that there's surviving whales tomorrow that we can refloat," she added.
The stranding occurred at Farewell Spit on Golden Bay, about 150 kilometers (95 miles) west of the tourist city of Nelson.
Local residents initially reported about 30 whales were stranded and the number grew through the afternoon.