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

03:00  28 september  2020
03:00  28 september  2020 Source:   newsweek.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.

Rescue teams in Tasmania, Australia , working to rescue hundreds of stranded pilot whales on September 22. Up to a third of the animals were believed to be already dead , with the clock ticking to save those still alive. Then, on Wednesday, they found another 200 stranded whales , which they

Some 380 whales have already died in Australia 's worst stranding on record. Rescuers have refloated 70 of the animals and say and there is hope for another 20. But they have said four surviving whales that are too exhausted to be saved will have to be killed as it is "the most humane thing to do".

After one of the world's worst mass whale strandings, officials in Australia say it could take several days to clear away all the dead bodies, while more animals may need to be euthanized.

a bird sitting on top of a sandy beach: Dead Pilot Whale at Macquarie Harbour on September 24, 2020 in Strahan, Australia. Rescuers are working to save hundreds of whales stranded in Macquarie Harbour near Strahan on Tasmania's west coast. © Steve Bell/Getty Images Dead Pilot Whale at Macquarie Harbour on September 24, 2020 in Strahan, Australia. Rescuers are working to save hundreds of whales stranded in Macquarie Harbour near Strahan on Tasmania's west coast.

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.

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More pilot whales have been found stranded in Australia , raising the estimated total to nearly 500, in the largest mass stranding ever recorded in the Authorities had already been working to rescue survivors among an estimated 270 whales found on Monday on a beach and two sandbars near the

More than 450 pilot whales became stranded on the west coast of the island state in Australia . Rescuers estimate that over half of them have already died. Most of them were believed to be dead . Mass strandings off Tasmania, an Australian state, are not uncommon, but the recent beaching is the

Around 380 of these whales have died, and now authorities will have to dispose of the carcasses. The plan being develop involves either towing the dead animals out to sea or loading them onto a boat before dumping them in the water.

"Realistically it could take several days. We are intending to start tomorrow. If we get a method that works efficiently it may be by early next week we will have made a real dent," Nic Deka, from the Tasmanian government's Parks and Wildlife Service, said at a media briefing, according to Reuters.

So far, a rescue team involving more than 60 government officials and volunteers has managed to return around 90 of the whales to the sea by attaching slings to the animals and pulling them with boats.

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Hundreds of whales have died in Tasmania's biggest mass stranding , with rescuers racing to save a few dozen animals stuck on a sandbar - POOL/AFP. "We have got a more accurate count and we can confirm that 380 whales are dead ," Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service manager Nic Deka said.

The deaths of around 150 pilot whales on an Australian beach is just the latest in a long line of When a fisherman spotted them in the early hours of Friday morning, most were already dead . Rescued whales often re- strand themselves, and nightfall will make their movements harder to track.

And rescuers are hoping to save a small group of the whales that are still alive—efforts which could take another day, officials said.

"There is a likelihood that we will be continuing the rescue efforts tomorrow," Deka said. "While we have live animals that have a chance and we have the crew to shift them, we will give it a go."

But officials said four whales that were too exhausted to reach safety had to be euthanized, and more could follow on Friday.

It can take anywhere from several days to weeks for a beached whale to die, as the stranded animal is slowly crushed to death under the weight of its own body, without the buoyancy of seawater to support itself.

"Most large whales, when they come to shore, they're already dead," Craig Harms, an aquatic animal veterinarian at North Carolina State University in Morehead City, told National Geographic. "It's a long, slow suffocation."

To make matters worse, whale skin blisters when exposed to sunlight for long periods, while scavengers such as seagulls will sometimes pick at the bodies, even while the animals are still alive.

"The gulls really like to go for the eyes, and they don't worry about waiting until the animal is dead," Harms said.

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Only a few dozen of the 470 whales stranded on Australia 's coast can still be saved, rescuers warned on Thursday, as they considered euthanising those animals in most distress. "We've got about 25 animals that we think have the strength to be successfully released," said Tasmania's Parks and

Video shows hundreds of pilot whales stranded on sandbar in Australia . HOBART, Australia — Around one third of an estimated 270 pilot whales that became stranded on Australia ’s island state of Tasmania have died, with rescuers managing to return 25 to the sea in an ongoing operation, officials

In instances where rescuers believe a whale can't be saved, a decision is taken to euthanize the animal in order to lessen its suffering. This can be done by administering euthanasia drugs, cutting a major artery or even using explosives for large whales. Smaller whales are sometimes shot with firearms.

"For large whales, very sadly, it could take weeks for them to die, and they get blistered in the sun, so you would be thinking about an ethical and humane thing to do," Mike Double, a zoologist who heads Australian Marine Mammal Centre, told Reuters.

The rescue effort and euthanization has been physically and emotionally draining for those involved, according to Deka, who said that mental health services would be provided for those who needed them.

"The emotional toll can be significant," Kris Carlyon, a biologist from Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service, told Reuters. "Most crew are really focused on just getting the job done, so it might be a little bit later that they start to really think about it, and it starts to sink in."

The whale stranding is the worst in Australia's history and among the largest ever to occur anywhere in the world, The Guardian reported.

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At least 380 whales dead in mass stranding in Australia .
There are only about 30 of the long-finned pilot whales from the pod still alive, and rescuers are racing to save as many as possible."We have got a more accurate count and we can confirm that 380 whales are dead," Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service manager Nic Deka said.

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