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People Are Rushing To Save Hundreds Of Whales After They Got Stranded On A Beach

New Zealand authorities have said hope is "slowly slipping away" for survivors of a 416-strong whale stranding.

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The rescue operation — led by animal charity Project Jonah — has been suspended overnight as authorities said it would be too dangerous for volunteers to continue on the beach.

The cause of the stranding is unclear. Sometimes beachings can happen because of illness, or because of navigational errors. Other times one beached whale can send a distress signal to the rest of the pod, who then get stranded by a receding tide, according to the BBC.

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