90 Whales Dead In Mass Stranding Off Tasmania
MASS STRANDING OFF TASMANIA – A mass stranding off the west coast of Tasmania was recently discovered on Monday.
They also discovered that a third of 270 stranded whales. specifically about 90 whales have died while the rest of them are more feared to be dying, according to a report from BBC News.
Marine biologists scrambled to rescue the remaining pilot whales in an operation which is likely to take days. They have no idea what drew them to the shore.
Whale beachings are common in the region but the recent case, especially of this size is uncommon since 2009.
The Tasmanian Maritime Conservation Program scientists reported that the whales were found in three groups across Macquarie Heads.
Macquarie Heads is a remote tip of the island with a limited vessel.
Rescuers arrived at the scene late on Monday and discovered hundreds more animals in peril than had been first spotted from the air.
Wildlife biologist Dr Kris Carlyon said that a full assessment was yet to be achieved on Tuesday, as most of the animals are relatively inaccessible. There are, however, attempts to rescue the first ones, which began on Tuesday.
“We will take the animals with the best chance to start with,”
Pilot whales can grow up to to seven metres long and weigh up to three tons.
Nearly 200 of them had washed up on a sandbar near a boat ramp,. while 30 others were discovered several hundred meters away and 30 more found further inland along Ocean Beach.
Based on the report, these travel in pods and make seasonal migrations up and down the coast of Australia and New Zealand. They also follow a leader and their strong social bonds can lead to whole groups beaching themselves.
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