More than 380 pilot whales have perished in the worst stranding incident in Australia’s history. Marine biologists had been racing to save as many as they could earlier this week.
SKY News Australia reports: “Around 380 whales have died after becoming stranded in an inlet off the coast of the Australian island of Tasmania, according to officials. In the remote town of Strahan, rescuers had been scrambling to save the survivors among what was thought to be 270 pilot whales on Monday, from a beach and two sandbanks. However, a further 200 stranded whales were seen from the air on Wednesday, less than six miles (10km) to the south of those, according to Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service Manager Nic Deka.”
The Guardian reported: “A government marine conservation team was assessing the health of the whales late on Monday after they became stranded in three spots in and outside Macquarie Heads, near the town of Strahan.”
Videos posted to social media showed the alarming scope of the event, the first in at least 10 years.