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2 more whales die in Australia as stranding deaths reach 200

HOBART, Australia — Two more whales died Friday in Australia after a handful that had been refloated a day earlier stranded themselves once more.

About 200 pilot whales have now died from a bunch of about 230 that stranded themselves this week on the wild and distant west coast of Tasmania.

The whales have been found Wednesday in Macquarie Harbour. About half have been initially nonetheless alive, however pounding surf killed many more. Wildlife consultants on Thursday managed to refloat 32 of the 35 that had survived.

Some of these whales ended up on the seaside once more Friday, Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania Incident Controller Brendon Clark mentioned. He couldn’t verify an actual quantity however mentioned it was lower than 10.

He mentioned one of many whales died and one other wanted to be euthanized.

“That’s unfortunate but that’s also one of the consequences of these types of events,” Clark informed reporters.

He mentioned the precedence was to attempt to refloat the three surviving whales that had remained caught all through the incident on a distant a part of the seaside as effectively as any of the whales that stranded themselves once more.

After that may come the method of eradicating and disposing of the carcasses, he mentioned. That would contain bringing them collectively at a central level on the seaside.

“That way they can be basically longlined or tied together, ready for disposal at sea,” Clark mentioned.

The whales will possible be towed into deep waters removed from the coast so that they don’t wash up on the shore.

Rescuers have been hopeful they may reach the three distant stranded whales late Friday however confronted difficulties as a result of location and tidal circumstances, Clark mentioned. More than 50 authorities employees and volunteers have been concerned in the rescue efforts.

The creatures have been discovered two years after the biggest whale mass-stranding in Australia’s historical past was found in the identical harbor.

About 470 long-finned pilot whales have been discovered in 2020 caught on sandbars. After a weeklong effort, 111 of these whales have been rescued however the remaining died.

The entrance to the harbor is a notoriously shallow and harmful channel identified as Hell’s Gate.