ecological tragedy

About 200 pilot whales died on a beach in Macquarie Bay, in the west of the Australian island of Tasmania. And 35 were rescued alive after the mass stranding that occurred the day before in this remote place.

Rescue teams focused on moving the specimens “with the best chance of survival” to deeper waters using cranes and boats.

To keep the whales alive, while the care and slow operations proceeded, rescuers placed wet towels and dumped buckets of water on the trapped animals on the sandbanks.

The authorities confirmed, according to the public channel ABC, that they managed to save 35 whales, although two of the survivors were once again stranded on Macquarie Bay’s Ocean Beach, also known by locals as the “Gates of Hell” .

A stranding with a history

This massive stranding occurred exactly two years after some 470 pilot whales, also known as pilot whales, were stranded in this same place, of which only a hundred could be rescued and taken to the high seas.

“Unlike the stranding we had two years ago, in which many of those animals were in the harbor estuary and therefore were stranded in much more protected waters, (in this case) the environmental conditions and the waves in the exposed west coast, Ocean Beach, is certainly taking its toll on the animals,” Incident Controller Brendon Clark told ABC.

The incident in Macquarie Bay came a day after the death of 14 sperm whales on Tuesday after being stranded on a beach on the southern King Island, also in the Tasmania region.

Why do these ecological tragedies occur?

These and other marine mammals are frequently stranded on the coasts of southern Australia and New Zealand, without experts having been able to clarify the reasons. although they are usually attributed to diseases, navigation errors, sudden changes in the tides, the persecution of predators or extreme weather conditions.

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