Wellington (Web Desk): One of the New Zealand’s beach wore of look of ‘whale island’ large number of whales stranded on the seashore in what is being said as the worst recorded whale strandings in the nation’s history.

The after more than 400 pilot whales were found at remote Farewell Spit at the northernmost tip of the South Island of New Zealand, in an area that seems to confuse whales and has been the site of previous mass strandings.

According to the volunteers’ project general manager Daren Grover, the hundreds of volunteers were called in for the rescue operation, however, about 75 percent of the original pod of 416 whales which stranded overnight had already died.

He provided details that the 50 whales that were being monitored offshore were supposed to be part of the original pod which stranded overnight, rather than a new pod.

The volunteers turned out to help with efforts to refloat the whales.