Over 350 pilot whales dead in Australia's largest mass stranding, several others to be euthanised
By Sunny Rodricks
Australia is going through one of its worst environmental crisis after hundreds of pilot whales were found stranded on the country's coastline in what is said to be one of the largest mass stranding ever recorded in the country.
While over 500 pilot whales were found stranded on an Australian coast, about 380 of them have already died. According to news agency IANS, rescuers have refloated 70 of the mammals and said that there there was hope for another 20.
In picture: Rescuers work to save a whale stranded on the rugged west coast of Tasmania.
The pilot whales, whose exact population numbers are not known and were not considered endangered, washed up on sand spits around an area called Macquarie Heads.
Tasmania is the only part of Australia prone to mass strandings, although they occasionally occur on the Australian mainland. Australia's largest mass stranding had been 320 pilot whales near the Western Australia state town of Dunsborough back in 1996.
In picture: Rescuers chat after freeing a whale in Macquarie Harbour on the rugged west coast of Tasmania.
Australian rescuers were forced to begin euthanising some surviving whales from a mass stranding that has already killed 380 members of the giant pod.
In picture: A whale lays on a beach in Macquarie Harbour on the rugged west coast of Tasmania.
The latest stranding in Tasmania is the first involving more than 50 whales since 2009. Marine Conservation Program wildlife biologist Kris Carlyon said that in Tasmania, this is the biggest (mass stranding) they have recorded.
In neighbouring New Zealand, more than 600 pilot whales had washed up on the South Island at Farewell Spit in 2017.
In picture: Stranded whales along the coastline. Pic/AP
380 pilot whales that have died can be seen washed up in Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania's west coast in Australia.
Rescuers work to save a pod of whales stranded on a sandbar in Macquarie Harbour.
According to scientists, two large pods of long-finned pilot whales have been stuck on sandbars in Macquarie Harbour.
A whale being loaded onto a trailer in Macquarie Harbour on the rugged west coast of Tasmania, as hundreds of pilot whales have died despite all efforts to save them, with rescuers racing to free a few dozen survivors.
In picture: A pod of whales stranded on a sandbar in Macquarie Harbour.
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With over hundreds of pilot whales stranded on the Australian coast in Tasmania, rescuers are racing against time to save the mammals. While over 380 pilots have been dead, several of those among stranded will be euthanised as they cannot be saved. The pilot whales mass stranding is the largest mass stranding ever recorded in Australia. (Photos/AFP)