Nail 230 whales have beached in the port of Macquarie, near Strahanm, on the west coast of Tasmania (Australia), as reported by the Australian authorities on Wednesday.
As reported in the Sydney Morning Heraldthis event has caused a rescue mission of marine conservationists who believe that half of the cetaceans are already dead.
In the images that have been taken, you can see a huge row of these pilot whales trapped in the sand of Ocean beach.
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This massive stranding has been the second in a matter of days. 14 dead sperm whales washed ashore on King Island on Monday, September 19. At the moment, biologists are investigating how the herd of young males got stranded.
As reported by EFE, a team from the Tasmanian Department of Natural Resources and Environment (located in the south of the country) is traveling to the area to carry out the rescue work for stranded specimens on a sandy surface of the Ocean beach, in which he will collaborate with other authorities.
Marine wildlife experts will assess the site to plan a response, according to the Department’s statement. “Stranding response in this area is complex. If it is determined that there is a need for assistance from the general public, a request will be made through several avenues,” he noted.
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David Midsongeneral manager of the West Coast Council, in statements reported by the Australian medium ABC, urged the outsiders to stay away despite good intentions.
“The most important thing, if you are not invited by the parks or one of the organizations that help, is to stay away. Having more people can make it difficult for them to carry out their rescue efforts,” he told ABC.
Warning: distressing footage. Hundreds of pilot whales have stranded on Ocean Beach near Strahan, on Tasmania’s west coast. Video credit: Sam Gerrity. Story from @readfearn and me here: https://t.co/Pe5SLC9bnG pic.twitter.com/hbweimwx0m
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The state of Tasmania, Reuters reported, was also the scene of the largest beached in modern Australian history two years ago, which involved nearly 500 pilot whales. The authorities only managed to rescue a hundred of them.
Marine mammals are frequently stranded on the southern coasts of Australia and New Zealand without the experts being able to clarify the reasons. According to what they have collected in the EFE agency, these are usually attributed to diseases, navigation errors, sudden changes in the tides, the persecution of predators or extreme weather conditions.
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