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World 70 stranded whales rescued in Australia after 380 die

13:45  24 september  2020
13:45  24 september  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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

  Australia pilot whales: Tasmania officials race to save hundreds of stranded animals 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. © -/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.

Rescuers saved 70 whales after Australia 's worst recorded mass stranding at Tasmania's Macquarie Harbour. Estimated 380 of 470 whales confirmed to Rescue workers in thermal wetsuits to prevent hypothermia work to try and free a pilot whale stranded on a shallow sandbar near Macquaire Harbour.

Nearly 500 pilot whales became stranded , and some 380 died , in Australia during the past week, in what Australian officials said rescue operations would continue “as long as there are live animals Cold temperatures in the waters off Tasmania this week meant the stranded pilot whales may have

Australian rescuers were hoping to save 20 more pilot whales stranded off the coast of island of Tasmania on Thursday after 70 were successfully returned to the ocean.

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"We are confident most of those animals have got away,” said Kris Carlyon, a wildlife biologist with Australia's Marine Conservation Program, told a press conference Thursday.

Tasmania's largest mass stranding has seen 470 whales trapped on a sandbank on the island's west coast this week. While the final rescue efforts are underway, crews are also left to remove the carcasses of 380 whales that died.

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Rescuers work to save whales in worst mass stranding in Australia 's history – video report. About 380 pilot whales were confirmed dead in Tasmania’s west The stranding is likely one of the largest on record globally and is the worst in Australia ’s history. Nic Deka, the coordinator of the rescue from

At least 380 whales have died in a mass stranding in southern Australia , officials said Wednesday, with rescuers managing to free just a few dozen survivors. A rescue crew of 60 conservationists, skilled volunteers and local fish farm workers has concentrated efforts on a group of whales partially

an animal swimming in the water: Image: A dead whale lays on a beach in Macquarie Harbour on the rugged west coast of Tasmania (Mell Chun / AFP - Getty Images) © Mell Chun Image: A dead whale lays on a beach in Macquarie Harbour on the rugged west coast of Tasmania (Mell Chun / AFP - Getty Images)

The bodies will be disposed at sea, preferably, over the coming days before they bloat and float into the tides, said Nic Deka, regional manager for Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service.

“They will present a significant navigation hazard if we don’t contain them,” Deka said.

The pod of an estimated 270 whales stuck on a sandbank was first detected on Monday. Another 200 whales were found Wednesday about six miles down the coast.

Once beached, the whales only have a matter of days to survive because their organs — no longer suspended by water — are damaged.

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Rescue efforts to save whales stranded on a sandbar take place at Macquarie Harbour, near Strahan, Tasmania, Australia , September 22, 2020. AAP Image/The Advocate Pool/Brodie Weeding/REUTERS. The whales have been found stranded up to six miles apart, and officials have now expanded their

380 Whales Dead in One of Australia ’s Largest-Ever Strandings. Related: rescuers race against time to save 270 whales stranded in australia . The breaking news came despite the major rescue efforts dedicated to taking the whales back to the open ocean.

The cause of the mass stranding has yet to be determined.

The event is not uncommon and strandings twice as large have been recorded in New Zealand, Carlyon has said. But the current stranding has set a new record for Australia, with the country's last record set in 1996 with 320 pilot whales stuck at the town of Dunsborough.

“There is little we can do to prevent this occurring in the future," Carlyon said earlier this week.

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Pilot whales have strong social ties and even if only a few members of a pod veer off course, the others often follow. It makes re-beaching a possibility, as the animals rescued try to reconnect with the rest of the pod.

But Carlyon said as of Thursday, none of the whales that have been rescued — that were tagged in order to be identifiable — have returned to the coastline where the carcasses have piled up.

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Whale rescuers at one of the world’s largest stranding events on Tasmania’s west coast have now released 70 of the 470 marine mammals into the ocean, with only 20 of those remaining now well enough to be rescued . 380 whales dead in worst mass stranding in Australia 's history. Read more.

Nearly 400 whales have died in Australia 's worst stranding , and rescuers are racing against the clock to save pilots whales who are beached on the west coast of Tasmania. Whale rescue expert Jools Farrell, Vice President of ORRCA (Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in

Four whales that are alive but weakened and suffering as a result of the stranding will have to be euthanized, Carlyon said.

“These are animals that we have given a chance, we tried to release them and they haven’t done well," he said. "We don’t believe trying to release them again is a viable option."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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