Volunteers trying to keep a whale alive
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Struggle to save whales stranded on New Zealand beach

23 September 2010 Last updated at 10:36 BST

Volunteers have been working around the clock to save at least 24 pilot whales from a large pod of more than 70 found stranded on a remote beach in New Zealand.

Almost one hundred volunteers carried buckets of water to keep the animals wet.

Whales which are still alive will be taken to another beach with calmer waters before being released back to the sea.