On Saturday, a hiker discovered two pods of pilot whales beached on New Zealand’s Stewart Island. All 145 of the whales died; the whales that did not die on their own were euthanized because of their poor health.
Now, less than one week later, another 50 pilot whales have perished after becoming stranded on a different New Zealand island.
According to the country’s Department of Conservation (DOC), officials learned that 80 to 90 pilot whales were stranded on the shore of New Zealand’s Chatham Islands on Thursday night. Unable to reach the animals that night, the DOC sent rescuers to the area at the “first light” of Friday morning.