Eight dead pilot whales were found lifeless on Nessadiou beach in Bourail in central western New Caledonia on Thursday 23 February. Is this the result of pollution or any other human activity that would deregulate the animals’ internal sonar? Probably not, explain the scientists consulted for the occasion. This type of stranding has been common for centuries. Whatever the reason for these strandings, the spectacle is always very impressive.
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- One kilo of cocaine seized in Noumea
On 8 February, two men aged 45 and 48 living in New Caledonia were arrested by the police. Customs seized one kilo of cocaine hidden in a postal parcel. The investigators also seized one gram of ecstasy. The two traffickers had been under surveillance for some time. They had picked up a parcel at the post office in which the drugs were hidden in a small portable enclosure. The police are now working hard to find the dealers' customers. This is the largest cocaine seizure in Caledonia in recent years.