Australian wildlife consultants on Thursday rescued 32 of the 230 pilot whales that have been discovered beached on the shores of Tasmania a day earlier in a mysterious mass stranding.
The pod of whales was stranded on Ocean Seashore in Macquarie Harbour on Wednesday, with at the very least half the whales presumed to nonetheless be alive on the time, the Division of Pure Assets and Atmosphere Tasmania had mentioned.
On Thursday morning, marine rescue teams found that only 35 of the whales survived the night, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service supervisor Brendon Clark mentioned.
“Of the 35 that have been remaining alive this morning, we’ve managed to refloat, rescue and launch … 32 of these animals, and in order that’s a terrific outcome,” Clark advised reporters late Thursday at close by Strahan.
“We nonetheless have three alive on the far northern finish of Ocean Seashore, however due to entry restrictions, predominantly tidal influences, we simply haven’t been capable of entry these three animals safely immediately. However they’ll be our precedence within the morning,” Clark added.
The mass stranding comes exactly two years to the day after about 470 long-finned pilot whales have been discovered caught on sandbars in the identical harbor, which has a notoriously shallow and harmful channel generally known as Hell’s Gate. After a week-long effort, 111 of these whales have been rescued however the remaining died.
It additionally comes two days after the carcasses of 14 young, male sperm whales have been discovered on King Island, a part of the state of Tasmania within the Bass Strait between Melbourne and Tasmania’s northern coast.
Marine wildlife consultants have mentioned it’s nonetheless too early to inform why the stranding occurred.
“These mass stranding occasions are sometimes the results of unintended form of coming to shore, and that’s by way of a complete host of causes,” Marine Conservation Program biologist Kris Carlyon mentioned.
Carlyon mentioned the useless whales can be examined to see if there have been toxins of their programs which may clarify the tragedy.
The pilot whale typically travels in teams and is understood for stranding in mass numbers, for causes which are nonetheless unclear, in line with the NOAA Fisheries.