photo credit: Young Adventuress, Liz Carlson


Liz Carlson是旅遊網誌作者,熱愛大自然,四處出遊的她,親眼看著145條鯨魚擱淺,奮力想幫忙卻又無能為力,自言永遠不會忘記垂死鯨魚的絕望與恐懼。


Liz Carlson是旅遊網誌作者,上周六(24日)她跟朋友到紐西蘭南端人跡罕至的小島露營。當他們來到梅森灣(Mason Bay)時,剛好是日落時分,原本美好的景致卻成了一幅天地不仁的寫照。一群鯨魚在近岸處苦苦掙扎,Liz Carlson和朋友立即跑過去。









Saturday night was the worst night of my entire life. 50kms into a 5 day tramp on the remote west coast of Stewart Island, we were wandering back to our camp at at sunset and came across hundreds of pilot whales becoming beached in the low surf. When we realized the horror of what we were seeing, we dropped everything and ran straight into the water. Desperately we grabbed their tails and pushed and yelled, before we got hammered by them thrashing around. It was useless - they were so big and heavy and the realization we could do nothing to save them was the worst feeling I’ve ever experienced. We were in a place with no people, no service, no help. @ju_riviera was a champion and took off running at 8:30pm in his wet sandy clothes and boots almost 15 kilometers back to a base hut up the bay where we knew there were DOC rangers working who would have a radio. He made it in 1.5 hours to raise the alarm, and I stayed with the whales til dark, sitting with them, dragging the smallest baby back in the water every few minutes before it would rebeach itself, and throwing water over the drier whales until my hands were numb from the water and wind. I’ll never forget their cries, the way they watched me as I sat with them in the water, how they desperately tried to swim but their weight only dug them deeper into the sands. My heart completely broke. When the realization there was no hope, it was almost dark, high tide was in the middle of the night and knowing this was one of the most remote places in New Zealand, I knew they would inevitable die. I sank to my knees in the sand screaming in frustration and crying, with the sound of dozens of dying whales behind me, utterly alone. It would take close to 1000 people to save them, more than double the whole population of Rakiura. The only positive bit was thanks to us alerting everyone, they were able to euthanize them shortly afterwards, and my heart hurts for the man who had that horrific job, and would have done anything to save them too. Otherwise it would have likely been days before anyone even knew the whales were there and a very long painful slow death for them all. I’ll never be the same after this.

Liz Carlson☀️Young Adventuress(@youngadventuress)分享的貼文 於 PST 2018 年 11月 月 26 日 上午 11:03 張貼