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


The pilot whales were found Wednesday stranded on an exposed beach along the Tasmanian coast.

Rescue efforts are underway to save the remaining whales.

“We’re primarily focused this morning on actually getting into that rescue operation and getting [the whales] released,” Brendon Clark of the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday.

“We are aware that some of them may become stranded again, so we will be monitoring that.”

Rescuers had previously estimated that about half of the whales were still alive.

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

Cases of whale strandings have baffled marine scientists for decades.

Tasmania’s largest stranding was in 2020 when over 450 pilot whales were found.



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