Hobart – Two more whales died in Australia on Friday after a handful of whales that had resurfaced the day before ran aground again.
Of the approximately 230 pilot whales stranded on Tasmania’s desolate west coast this week, about 200 have died.
Brendon Clark, incident controller for Tasmania’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said some of the whales beached again on Friday. He could not confirm the exact number, but said it was less than 10.
He said one of the whales had died and the other had to be euthanized.
Clarke told reporters, “It’s unfortunate, but it’s also one of the consequences of this type of event.
He said the top priority was to resurface any of the three surviving whales that remained stranded during the incident in a remote area on the beach, as well as one that was again stranded.
Then comes the process of removing and disposing of the carcasses, he said. That includes collecting them at a central point on the beach.
“Then you can basically longline or tie and it’s ready to be disposed of at sea,” Clark said.
Whales are more likely to be towed into deep water far from the shore so as not to wash up on the shore.
Rescue teams had hoped to reach the three stranded whales late Friday, but faced difficulties due to the location and tidal conditions, Clark said. More than 50 government employees and volunteers participated in the rescue effort.
The creature was discovered two years later. Largest Whale Mass Stranding Found in the same port in Australian history.
In 2020, about 470 fin pilot whales were found stranded on sandbars. After a week of effort, 111 whales were rescued and the rest died.
The entrance to the harbor is a shallow and dangerous channel known as Hell’s Gate.
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