Australia: 90 Whales Killed After Getting Stranded Near Tasmania
Rescue operations on for saving remaining stranded mammals.
At least 90 whales were killed after getting stranded off the coast of Tasmania, the island state in Australia. On Tuesday, rescue crews were able to save 25 of the mammals and are aiming to escort more back into the sea. The pilot whales got stranded along the coast due to shallow waters and were discovered on Monday. A team of around 40 people started the rescue operation to “re-float” the whales of by using equipment to push the animals off sandbars into deeper waters.
The whale beaching phenomenon is common for this part of Australia, but one of this size and proportion hasn’t been seen in a very long time. “Normally we’re dealing with animals high and dry on the beach. This is different. We’ve got animals semi-buoyant so it probably won’t take too much to re-float them – just involves a bit of grunt,” said Wildlife Biologist, Dr Kris Carlyon.
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