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New Zealand beached whales: Why are so many getting stranded?

New Zealand beached whales: Why are so many getting stranded?

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your device The pictures are striking: dozens of whales lie stranded on an idyllic beach in a remote part of New Zealand.The group were found by a walker on Stewart Island earlier this week. And just a few days later, a further 51 pilot whales died after becoming stranded on a beach on the Chatham Islands.While whale strandings are not uncommon, they usually involve just a single animal rather than a whole group. The recent flurry of mass strandings has brought a renewed focus on the mysterious, and rare, phenomenon.So why does it happen? While the exact reasons remain unclear, experts say many different factors could play a part.Sickness and injury"Quite often animals that turn up on a beach are getting exhaus...
New Zealand prime minister gives birth to baby girl

New Zealand prime minister gives birth to baby girl

World
New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern has become the first world leader in nearly 30 years to have a baby while in office. The 37-year-old gave birth to a baby girl in Auckland City Hospital, becoming only the second world leader to do so while serving.Benazir Bhutto had her second child in 1990 when she was prime minister of Pakistan."I'm sure we're going through all of the emotions new parents go through, but at the same time feeling so grateful for all the kindness and best wishes from so many people. Thank you," Ms Ardern said in a statement Image: Ms Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford announced the pregnancy in January She added that both mother and daughter were doing well. The politician and her partner Clarke...
78-foot wave off New Zealand largest ever in Southern Hemisphere

78-foot wave off New Zealand largest ever in Southern Hemisphere

Science
May 11 (UPI) -- Scientists believe a 78-foot wave that formed off the coast of New Zealand this week is the largest wave ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere. A storm close to the Southern Ocean's Campbell Island, a low-pressure system and 65-knot winds helped create prime conditions for the wave to form. "To our knowledge, it is the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere," said Tom Durrant, senior oceanographer at New Zealand's MetService, adding the Southern Ocean is the "most energetic part" of the world's oceans for producing waves. A buoy recorded the 80-foot wave, but Durrant said the storm likely created bigger waves in other locations. The Southern Ocean comprises the southernmost waters of the world's ocean, the water surrounding Antarctica. Storms generated t...
New Zealand v England: Joe Root falls on final ball of day four

New Zealand v England: Joe Root falls on final ball of day four

Sports
Joe Root's dismissal to the penultimate ball of the fourth day was a hammer blow to England's chances of salvaging an unlikely stalemate in the first Test against New Zealand at Eden Park.Root (51) had dug in manfully to sow belief England might yet achieve the mighty improbable here.But after he was caught-behind down the leg-side from a vicious Trent Boult delivery, England closed on a downer, 132 for three and still a yawning 237 behind after conceding a monstrous first-innings lead of 369 in New Zealand's inaugural day-night Test.How the tourists needed a captain's innings after his predecessor Alastair Cook had gone cheaply for the second time in the match to leave them six for one in reply to the Kiwis' 427 for eight declared - on the back of a career-best, unbeaten 145 from Henry Ni...
Stokes hits half-century as England level series against New Zealand

Stokes hits half-century as England level series against New Zealand

Sports
Second one-day international, Tauranga New Zealand: 223 (49.4 overs): Santner 63, Guptill 50England: 225-4 (37.5 overs): Morgan 62, Stokes 63*England won by six wicketsScorecardBen Stokes' 63 not out backed up an excellent fielding performance as England beat New Zealand by six wickets to level the one-day series at 1-1.England took three fine catches and claimed four run-outs to dismiss the hosts for 223 in Tauranga.In reply, the tourists lost two early wickets but Stokes put on 88 with captain Eoin Morgan, who scored 62.Jos Buttler made an unbeaten 36 off 20 balls as he and Stokes sealed victory with 12.1 overs to spare.All-rounder Stokes, playing his second match after five months out of the side following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub, was named man of the match after also ta...