Spirits Bay/Kapowairua  [New Zealand, 2010]
Another month, another mass stranding. This time more than 70 pilot whales come ashore on September 22 at an even more isolated beach - Spirits Bay, near New Zealand's northernmost point. The bay has deep spiritual significance for Maori, who call it Kapowairua. Twenty-five whales survive the initial stranding, and once lifted clear of the high-water mark have to be kept cool until they can be shifted again.