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Hundreds of whales beached in Australia mass stranding, officials say at least half presumed alive

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Greater than 200 whales have been beached on the Australian state of Tasmania’s west coast on Wednesday in a mysterious mass stranding, simply days after 14 sperm whales have been discovered stranded on an island off the state’s northwestern coast.

The pod of what gave the impression to be about 230 pilot whales have been stranded on Ocean Seaside in Macquarie Harbour, the Division of Pure Assets and Atmosphere Tasmania mentioned.

With a minimum of half the whales presumed to nonetheless be alive, a staff from the Marine Conservation Program was heading to the realm with whale rescue gear, the division mentioned. 

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

AUSTRALIA WILDLIFE OFFICIALS INVESTIGATING DEATHS OF 14 SPERM WHALES FOUND ON ISLAND

The Division of Pure Assets and Atmosphere Tasmania on Wednesday mentioned a marine conservation staff was heading to Ocean Seaside at Macquarie Harbour on the west coast of Tasmania of Australia, the situation the place the whales stranded.
(Division of Pure Assets and Atmosphere Tasmania through AP)

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

Vanessa Pirotta, a wildlife scientist specializing in marine mammals, mentioned it was too early to clarify why the stranding had occurred.

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)

“The truth that we’ve seen comparable species, the identical time, in the identical location, reoccurring when it comes to stranding at that very same spot may present some type of indication that there is perhaps one thing environmental right here,” Pirotta mentioned.

The whales, pictured above, were found stranded on Tasmania’s west coast just days after 14 sperm whales were found beached on an island off the northwestern coast. 

The whales, pictured above, have been discovered stranded on Tasmania’s west coast simply days after 14 sperm whales have been discovered beached on an island off the northwestern coast. 
(Andrew Breen/Huon Aquaculture through AP)

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

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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