Department of Conservation workers and Project Jonah were called to Papamoa Beach East in Tauranga this morning where four whales, believed to have been Beaked whales, had stranded themselves ashore.

By the time crews had arrived the whales had already died, prompting a necropsy to determine as much information about the whales and why they had stranded.

The procedure should also establish if the deaths were at all related to Rena oil contamination.

- Herald Online

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