Hobart (Australia), September 22
Around one-third of an estimated 270 pilot whales that turned stranded on Australia’s island state of Tasmania have died, with rescuers managing to return 25 to the ocean in an ongoing operation, officers stated Tuesday.
The whales have been found Monday on a seashore and two sand bars close to the west coast city of Strahan. Sixty individuals have joined the rescue effort.
“We’ve rescued about 25 at the present time and escorted them out the channel and out to sea and crews are continuing to work, so that number will increase before we get to the end of the day,” Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service Manager Nic Deka informed reporters late Tuesday afternoon.
Wildlife biologist Kris Carlyon stated progress can be gradual. “We’ll take the animals with the best chance to start with and the ones that we are able to deal with,” he stated.
About one-third of the whales had died by Monday night time and most have been inaccessible by boat, Carlyon stated.
He additionally stated that pilot whales are a strong species and the survivors have an opportunity of lasting a number of days if the climate stays cool.
Tasmania is susceptible to whale strandings, however that is the biggest mass stranding on Australia’s most southern state in years.
Authorities have no idea why the whales turned stranded.—AP