4,000 whales have died off New Zealand's shark-riddled island of death in 120 years (photo)

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Animals swim to the coastal waters for food, but when the tide changes, they end up in shallow water and get trapped.

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Project Jonah, a charity that helps stranded marine animals across New Zealand, said surviving pilot whales in several areas of the Chatham Archipelago had to be euthanized. During the last week, there have been two mass releases of pilot whales, or pilot whales, as they are also called. In a few days, a total of 477 individuals appeared on the shore. This was reported on the Project Jonah Facebook page.

According to animal rights activists, there are a number of factors due to which assistance to animals on the coast is not provided on time: a small population on the islands, difficulties in quickly attracting trained doctors, and the presence of predators off the coast, which pose a threat to both animals and rescuers.

4,000 whales have died in 120 years near the island of death in New Zealand, surrounded by sharks (photo)

4,000 whales have died in 120 years near the island of death in New Zealand, surrounded by sharks (photo)

Sea animals are washed ashore all over the world, and for researchers this is the phenomenon is still a mystery. The Chatham Islands are one of the top three places in New Zealand where such incidents often occur. This is one of the most remote areas of New Zealand, which makes it almost impossible to carry out rescue work.

4,000 whales have died in 120 years near the island of death in New Zealand, surrounded by sharks (photo)

Near the island of death in Novaya Zealand, surrounded by sharks, killed 4,000 whales in 120 years (photo)

4,000 whales have died in 120 years near the island of death in New Zealand, surrounded by sharks (photo)

Near the island of death in Novaya Zealand, surrounded by sharks, killed 4,000 whales in 120 years (photo)

4000 whales have died in 120 years near the island of death in New Zealand, surrounded by sharks (photo)

Near the island of death in Novaya Zealand, surrounded by sharks, killed 4,000 whales in 120 years (photo)

The largest such incident here occurred in 1918, when a thousand whales were on the shore at the same time. According to the New Zealand Department of Conservation, since 1901, more than 4,000 individuals have washed up on the coast of the Chatham Islands.

4,000 whales have died in 120 years near the island of death in New Zealand, surrounded by sharks (photo)

Near the island of death in Novaya Zeeland, surrounded by sharks, killed 4,000 whales in 120 years (photo)

Why do whales wash ashore?

Calum Brown, a professor in Macquarie University's School of Natural Sciences, says the animals are attracted to the abundance of food around the Chatham Islands. The pilot whale diet consists mainly of squid, octopus and fish.

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4000 whales have died in 120 years near the island of death in New Zealand, surrounded by sharks (photo)

“I think that they come first for food, but then the tide changes, due to which the animals find themselves in shallow water, some individuals do not swim away, and others, following the example, fall into the trap,” Brown explained.

Grinds are animals with developed social connections. They swim in flocks, and if one of them swims in the wrong direction, for example, due to fluctuations in the ocean level, others will follow.