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World Australia pilot whales: Tasmania officials race to save hundreds of stranded animals

10:47  22 september  2020
10:47  22 september  2020 Source:   cnn.com

Tasmania finds another 200 pilot whales that may all be dead in mass stranding

  Tasmania finds another 200 pilot whales that may all be dead in mass stranding Rescue teams in Tasmania were already frantically working this week to save about 270 pilot whales stranded in a harbor. Up to a third of the animals were believed to be already dead, with the clock ticking to save those still alive. © Tasmania Police Rescue teams in Tasmania, Australia, working to rescue hundreds of stranded pilot whales on September 22. Then, on Wednesday, they found another 200 stranded whales, which they fear may also be dead -- making this the largest mass whale stranding in the Australian island state's history.

Marine experts and government officials are racing to save hundreds of pilot whales after a mass stranding in Australia , with dozens of the animals already dead.

Rescuers in Australia work to save a pod of pilot whales stranded on two sandbanks and a beach in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania . Hundreds of pilot whales are seen stranded on a sand bar near Strahan, Tasmania . Photograph: Getty Images. With about 90 animals already dead, Deka said they

Marine experts and government officials are racing to save hundreds of pilot whales after a mass stranding in Australia, with dozens of the animals already dead.

a dolphin swimming in a body of water: A pod of whales stranded on a sandbar in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, on September 21. © -/AFP/POOL/AFP via Getty Images A pod of whales stranded on a sandbar in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, on September 21.

About 270 pilot whales are stranded in Strahan, a small town in Tasmania, an island state off the southern coast of mainland Australia. They're scattered along two sandbars and the strip of beach, according to the Tasmanian Marine Conservation Program, which is leading the rescue operation.

Hundreds of whales dead in Australia's worst mass stranding

  Hundreds of whales dead in Australia's worst mass stranding "It's just absolutely heartbreaking to see these animals are struggling," said Nicola Hodgins from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity."Our focus is on those animals that are still alive," Nic Deka, regional manager for Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service, told a press conference. "The mortality has increased, but there are a significant number that are alive so we will continue to work with those.

Hundreds of pilot whales are stranded on a sandbar in Tasmania , an island off the southern coast of Australia .

A pod of pilot whales stranded on sandbars off Australia 's southern island of Tasmania state. "This entire operation, a lot of it depends on how these animals respond once they got water underneath So, that's the first step, get a few animals off, assess behavior and that will determine where we go to

"Late yesterday, we had about a third of the animals were already deceased," said wildlife biologist Kris Carlyon at a news conference on Tuesday morning. He added that it was difficult to make a more specific estimate of deaths, since the whales were spread out across a large area and some locations were inaccessible.

"This is a really challenging event," he said. "In terms of mass strandings in Tasmania, this is up there among the trickiest we've ever had to deal with."

Other potential problems include the unpredictable tide that's washing in, and the possibility that the distressed whales might attract sharks to the area.

Weak Stranded Whales in Australia to Be Euthanized, Hundreds Already Dead

  Weak Stranded Whales in Australia to Be Euthanized, Hundreds Already Dead Nearly 400 beached whales have died on the shores of Tasmania, Australia, since Monday.More than 450 long-finned pilot whales have beached themselves on the shores of Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania—an island state of Australia located to the south of the mainland—since Monday.

Approximately 270 whales were found stranded on two sand banks and a beach earlier in the week. This unusual event is not unprecedented in this region as a similar number of whales were stranded nearby around a decade ago. Race against time to save stranded whales .

A huge rescue mission to save some 270 pilot whales stranded off Tasmania 's remote west coast is expected to begin at first light on Tuesday. Whale rescue gear has been transported from Hobart. Authorities have asked people to stay clear of Hundreds of whales stranded in southern Australia .

The rescue teams, numbering about 60 people, include volunteers, police, fish farms and the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service. With the clock ticking, they're forced to triage by starting with whales that have the best chance of success, said Carlyon.

First, rescuers are going to try to "refloat" the whales by "(shifting) them in water," Carlyon said -- and if that doesn't work, or if it causes the whales to behave erratically, they'll move onto another strategy.

The rescue mission will likely take days, raising concerns that the whales might not live that long. But the current weather is keeping the whales wet and cool, which is "ideal," Carlyon said -- if conditions stay like this, the whales can survive a few more days.

It's not entirely clear what caused the whales to wash up on shore, though Carlyon added that there have been a few other mass strandings in similar locations. The whales might have been drawn in after feeding close to the coast; or, a few whales may have wandered too close in "simple misadventure," and the rest of the pod followed.

Australia: massacre of "pilot dolphins" stuck in a bay

 Australia: massacre of © Provided by Le Point Rescuers announced on Wednesday the death of at least 380 "pilot dolphins" stuck in a remote bay in Tasmania, an island located south of the Australia , despite intense efforts to try to save them. This heavy toll means that almost all of the enormous 460 cetaceans stranded in this vast west coast bay, wild and sparsely populated, have perished.

Rescuers were scrambling on Tuesday to save 270 whales stranded off the coast of the Australian island of Tasmania , amid fears that about a third of the animals had already died. Scientists said the long-finned pilot whales became stuck on sandbars at Macquarie Harbour, on Tasmania 's rugged

Hundreds of whales are stranded on a sandbar on Tasmania 's West Coast. Mr Deka said it is unclear how many people will be needed but 20 departmental staff were already there. 'Small number' of whales successfully freed as rescuers race to save survivors of mass stranding .

After rescuers hope to save the remaining whales, they'll have another grim task before them -- moving dozens of whale carcasses from inside the harbor out to sea. Typically when strandings occur, experts prefer to leave the bodies, Carlyon said -- but they can't do that in this case because the area is too close to human campgrounds and activity sites.

Officials warned the public to stay out of the area, and not to approach the beach in boats.

Tasmania is the only Australian state where mass strandings of whales and dolphins occur on a regular basis, according to the state's Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

These mass strandings often involve social species that live together in large groups, according to the department. Pilot whales, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins are the species most frequently stranded.

Whales have "very tight family bonds" so if one whale is stranded, others may hear its calls and follow, leading to an entire pod being beached, according to the department.

a group of people on a beach near a body of water: One of the sandbars where the pod of whales washed up in Tasmania, Australia. © Tasmania Police One of the sandbars where the pod of whales washed up in Tasmania, Australia.

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