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200 whales dead, 35 stay alive after mass stranding in Australia


The pilot whales had been discovered Wednesday stranded on an uncovered seashore alongside the coast of Tasmania.

Rescue efforts are ongoing to save lots of the remaining whales.

“We are primarily targeted this morning on actually entering into that rescue operation and getting [the whales] launched,” Brendon Clark of the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service informed the Australia Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday.

“We are aware that a few of them could re-beach themselves and so we’ll be monitoring that.”

Rescuers had beforehand estimated that about half of the whales had been nonetheless alive.

This is the second mass stranding of whales to have taken place in Tasmania this week after greater than a dozen sperm whales, largely younger males and believed to be a part of the identical bachelor pod, had been discovered dead on one other seashore.

Cases of whale strandings have baffled marine scientists for many years.

Tasmania’s largest stranding was in 2020 when greater than 450 pilot whales had been discovered.

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