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Australian wildlife team rescues 32 beached pilot whales after nearly 200 die in mass stranding

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Australian wildlife specialists on Thursday rescued 32 of the 230 pilot whales that had been discovered beached on the shores of Tasmania a day earlier in a mysterious mass stranding.

The pod of whales was stranded on Ocean Seashore in Macquarie Harbour on Wednesday, with a minimum of half the whales presumed to nonetheless be alive on the time, the Division of Pure Assets and Atmosphere Tasmania had mentioned.

On Thursday morning, marine rescue groups discovered that solely 35 of the whales survived the night time, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service supervisor Brendon Clark mentioned.

“Of the 35 that had been remaining alive this morning, we’ve managed to refloat, rescue and launch … 32 of these animals, and in order that’s a terrific outcome,” Clark instructed reporters late Thursday at close by Strahan.

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“We nonetheless have three alive on the far northern finish of Ocean Seashore, however due to entry restrictions, predominantly tidal influences, we simply haven’t been in a position to entry these three animals safely right this moment. However they’ll be our precedence within the morning,” Clark added.

Rescuers try to maneuver a stranded whale to open water at Macquarie Harbour on the west coast of Tasmania of Australia, on Thursday.
(Division of Pure Assets and Atmosphere Tasmania through AP)

The mass stranding comes precisely two years to the day after about 470 long-finned pilot whales had been discovered caught on sandbars in the identical harbor, which has a notoriously shallow and harmful channel often called Hell’s Gate. After a week-long effort, 111 of these whales had been rescued however the remaining died.

Whales are pictured stranded on Ocean Beach at Macquarie Harbour on the west coast of Tasmania of Australia, on Thursday.

Whales are pictured stranded on Ocean Seashore at Macquarie Harbour on the west coast of Tasmania of Australia, on Thursday.
(Division of Pure Assets and Atmosphere Tasmania through AP)

It additionally comes two days after the carcasses of 14 younger, male sperm whales had been discovered on King Island, a part of the state of Tasmania within the Bass Strait between Melbourne and Tasmania’s northern coast.

A pod of about 230 whales stranded at Macquarie Harbour in Strahan, Tasmania, Australia, on Wednesday.

A pod of about 230 whales stranded at Macquarie Harbour in Strahan, Tasmania, Australia, on Wednesday.
(Andrew Breen/Huon Aquaculture through AP)

Marine wildlife specialists have mentioned it’s nonetheless too early to inform why the stranding occurred.

“These mass stranding occasions are usually the results of unintentional kind of coming to shore, and that’s by means of a complete host of causes,” Marine Conservation Program biologist Kris Carlyon mentioned.

It was unclear what caused the pod of pilot whales to mass strand.

It was unclear what induced the pod of pilot whales to mass strand.
(Division of Pure Assets and Atmosphere Tasmania through AP)

Carlyon mentioned the lifeless whales can be examined to see if there have been toxins of their techniques which may clarify the tragedy.

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The pilot whale typically travels in teams and is understood for stranding in mass numbers, for causes which might be nonetheless unclear, in response to the NOAA Fisheries.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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