Early previous year, more than 300 of the animals died and 100 more were beached at the top of New Zealand's South Island, in what was one of the country's worst strandings.
The Department of Conservation said it was notified of about 80 to 90 pilot whales stranded at Hanson Bay, near Owenga, on Thursday evening, stuff.co.nz reported.
"When staff arrived at the scene approximately 30 - 40 pilot whales had re-floated themselves and returned to sea, however 51 whales remained", the country's Department of Conservation explained Friday.
By the time conservation workers arrived there, about 75 of the whales were already dead and they euthanised the others by shooting them due to their poor condition.
It is the fifth stranding in New Zealand in less than a week, involving 145 pilot whales which alldied after they beached last weekend on Stewart Island, off the southern coast of the South Island. The department said one beached whale remained alive, which staff chose to euthanize due to its poor condition. "It was the most humane thing to do".
In Australia, twenty-seven pilot whales this week stranded themselves at the remote Croajingolong National Park in Victoria's East Gippsland, where a dead humpback whale, separate to the pod, also washed ashore.
'This is always an bad decision to have to make, ' he said.
This has been a tragic week for marine mammals.
The Chatham Islands are about 500 miles east of New Zealand's main islands and are home to about 600 people.
Stockin, who is an expert consultant on strandings for the International Whaling Commission, said it added to a string of unusual whale behaviour over the past year.
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