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Hiker details heartbreaking attempt to save 145 whales she found dying on New Zealand beach
Travel blogger Liz Carlson was wandering back to her camp on the remote west coast of New Zealand's Stewart Island with a friend, when she saw a scene she will never forget. More than 100 pilot whales were thrashing around and becoming beached in the low surf, at sunset, on November 24. At first Carlson, who was on a five-day hike on the island, thought it was a bunch of seals playing in the surf as fur seals and sea lions are quite common on Stewart Island.