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08/20/2010 02:43 PM ID: 85159 Permalink   

58 Pilot Whales Crash into New Zealand


Early in the New Zealand morning of August 20th, conservation officials received a call reporting that 58 pilot whales had beached themselves on the local shore.

Pilot whales, part of the dolphin family, are usually between 16-20 feet and 1.5-3 tons (males usually on the larger end of the scale and females on the smaller.) Mass beachings of these whales is not uncommon and is blamed upon their social nature.

Last reported only 15 of the 58 beached whales were still alive. While officials are still trying to set the survivors out to see, any successful returns are yet to be seen.

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...nice :)
  by: zirschky     08/20/2010 02:59 PM     
  This is sad....  
There still is no conclusive reason of why this happens. Very sad.

I just watched a sickening video on youtube about the hunting of pilot whales. If you want to see it be warned it is very graphic and bloody. They are hunting for food and I won´t begrudge them that, but it is a slaughter.
  by: valkyrie123     08/20/2010 04:52 PM     
  Thought the title was tacky...  
Anyway check it out :-)
  by: jamesmc   08/20/2010 05:27 PM     
Title tacky?! You bit didn´t you?! That title is a frickin´ gem!
  by: zirschky     08/21/2010 12:04 AM     
I was going to be diplomatic and say ´each to his own´ or something, but then I looked at the assessments so far :P
  by: jamesmc   08/21/2010 03:49 AM     
  Thanks and Boos to admin...  
Your help is GREATLY appreciated, given our current situation. But let´s not get brazen and alter perfectly fun and interesting titles!
  by: zirschky     08/21/2010 12:00 PM     
  A news headline  
Should reflect the content of the article, not trick people into reading the article by trying to mislead, however semantically correct it seems to be.
  by: jamesmc   08/21/2010 06:30 PM     
"Should reflect the content of the article, not trick people into reading the article by trying to mislead, however semantically correct it seems to be."
News sites and newspapers do that all the time, now. They think it´s clever journalism. I have to agree with you, though.
  by: Lurker     08/21/2010 06:48 PM     
Wow, who died and made you the de facto generator of journalistic norms around this place? Simply asserting your views on how news ought to be written doesn´t make it the case that news must be written in your dictated style.
  by: zirschky     08/21/2010 07:30 PM     
You think i´m making it up?
  by: jamesmc   08/22/2010 04:31 AM     
The headline is the text at the top of a newspaper article, indicating the nature of the article below it.
  by: jamesmc   08/22/2010 04:32 AM     
a bit too hard to escape the Japanese...
  by: p_g_chris   08/23/2010 12:28 AM     
  I heard...  
The Whales were actually trying to attack the kiwi scum, but ultimately wales were stupid and died.
  by: shiftyfarker   08/23/2010 03:49 AM     
  Thank God  
it´s now pilot whales on a collision course for new zealand rather than giant killer icebergs due to "global warming" - whatever happened to that anyways? o, right, absolutely nothing.
  by: djskagnetti     08/28/2010 01:23 PM     
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