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33 whales stranded on the West Coast

Charlotte Cook
Rescuers fighting to save the whales  Haast- The Last Frontier Facebook

The whales are stuck near Haast - waiting for a high tide

33 Pilot whales are stranded near Haast.

The whales are beached at the mouth of the Okuru River on a sandbar.

Community group Haast- the Last Frontier says it's a sorry sight to see the whales lying dead, or dying, on the land.

The group says every effort is being made to keep the whales alive until the next high tide.