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2 more whales die as death toll nears 200 in Australia mass stranding

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Two extra whales died Friday in Australia after a handful that had been refloated a day earlier stranded themselves once more.

About 200 pilot whales have now died from a gaggle of about 230 that stranded themselves this week on the wild and distant west coast of Tasmania.

The whales had been found Wednesday in Macquarie Harbour. About half had been initially nonetheless alive, however pounding surf killed many extra. Wildlife specialists on Thursday managed to refloat 32 of the 35 that had survived.

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A few of these whales ended up on the seaside once more Friday, Division of Pure Sources and Atmosphere Tasmania Incident Controller Brendon Clark stated. He could not affirm a precise quantity however stated it was lower than 10.

He stated one of many whales died and one other wanted to be euthanized.

Whales are seen stranded on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia, on Sept. 21, 2022. Two extra whales died on Sept. 23, 2022, bringing the dying toll nearer to 200.
(Division of Pure Sources and Atmosphere Tasmania through AP)

“That’s unlucky however that’s additionally one of many penalties of all these occasions,” Clark instructed reporters.

He stated the precedence was to attempt to refloat the three surviving whales that had remained caught all through the incident on a distant a part of the seaside in addition to any of the whales that stranded themselves once more.

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After that will come the method of eradicating and disposing of the carcasses, he stated. That may contain bringing them collectively at a central level on the seaside.

“That manner they are often mainly longlined or tied collectively, prepared for disposal at sea,” Clark stated.

The whales will probably be towed into deep waters removed from the coast so that they don’t wash up on the shore.

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Rescuers had been hopeful they may attain the three distant stranded whales late Friday however confronted difficulties because of the location and tidal circumstances, Clark stated. Greater than 50 authorities employees and volunteers have been concerned within the rescue efforts.

The creatures had been discovered two years after the biggest whale mass-stranding in Australia’s historical past was found in the identical harbor.

About 470 long-finned pilot whales had been present in 2020 caught on sandbars. After a weeklong effort, 111 of these whales had been rescued however the remainder died.

The doorway to the harbor is a notoriously shallow and harmful channel often known as Hell’s Gate.

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