efe-epaSydney, Australia

Rescuers were on Saturday trying to save a large pod of whales stranded in shallow, muddy water off the coast of Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand, officials said.

“A pod of whales between 40 to 60 were sighted swimming close to the shore. Roughly 25 have sadly stranded on the mudflats, the rest we are shepherding out to sea,” the conservation department said in a Facebook post. EFE-EPA