32 whales rescued after around 200 die in mass stranding in Australia

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The trapped pod was discovered on Monday by Tasmanian wildlife officials – at the time, half of the group was believed to be still alive.

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But as the week progressed, and the situation worsened, the number of survivors began to dwindle.

“Out of the 35 whales that survived this morning, we have managed to re-swim, rescue and release 32 animals and this is a great result,” Brendan Clark of the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service said at a news conference. Friday morning.

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Rangers were forced to euthanize one whale, which was again trapped on Thursday night, and three more whales remained “unreachable due to tidal conditions,” Clark said.

“The priority is still the rescue and release of those remaining animals and any others that are stranded again,” he said.

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Rescuers would then transition to dispose of the bodies at sea.

“We’re going to try to get them as far as possible,” Clark said. Earlier, a warning had been issued to swimmers to avoid the area in case of a shark gathering.

reason still unknown

Cases of stranded whales have baffled marine scientists for decades.

This is the second mass in Tasmania this week after more than a dozen sperm whales, mostly young males and believed to be part of a single bachelor pod, were found dead on another beach.

The biggest stranding occurred in 2020 when more than 450 pilot whales were found.

“The reason the whales are trapped is unknown and cannot be determined,” the Department of Natural Resources and Environment said on Thursday.

His experts are currently “conducting a postmortem investigation” in the latest strand.


Credit : www.cnn.com

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