Volunteers have braved the threat of sharks and stingrays as they continue their attempts to save pilot whales stranded in New Zealand.

More than 400 whales had swam aground at a remote beach on Farewell Spit at the tip of the South Island – and about 300 of the animals were already dead when they were discovered.

On Friday, rescuers successfully refloated the surviving whales – but many of them beached themselves again overnight.

Now, more than 100 volunteers have formed a human chain in an attempt to encourage them to swim into deeper water and stop them from returning to the bay.

One of the dead whales appeared to have bite marks consistent with that of a shark…see more

source: skynews.com