Hundreds of whales have died in Australia’s worst case of stranding. According to multiple sources, nearly 400 long-finned pilot whales died after beaching at various locations along Tasmania’s west coast.
Rescuers have been racing against the clock to save whales that are still alive. Nic Deka, regional manager for Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service, spoke at a press conference:
Our focus is on those animals that are still alive. The mortality has increased, but there are a significant number that are alive so we will continue to work with those.”
As reported by NBC News, nearly 300 whales were found beached on a sandbar on Monday. Rescuers were able to save 25 of the whales, and the others perished. On Wednesday, another 200 whales were found beached less than six miles away. At this time, the cause of the mass stranding remains unknown. On expert has speculated that the pod may have followed an ailing whale that ventured in the “wrong direction.” It has been said that the whales are “extremely social” and they won’t allow one member of the pod to swim away and die alone.
(stock image of whales via Pixabay)
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