October 3, 2022

Hundreds of whales have washed ashore on Australian beaches



CNN

More than 200 whales have washed ashore on the west coast of Tasmania in Australia, wildlife officials have said.

The animals, which appear to be pilot whales, are currently stranded on beaches and sandbanks, the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Initial reports estimate that about half of the animals are alive,” it added.

It said experts are on the scene to assess the current situation and plan an “appropriate response”.

It was emphasized that volunteers were not needed at present.

Mass whale strandings have puzzled marine scientists for decades.

incident Not the first of its kind Occurs in Tasmania, an island state off the southern coast of Australia. Hundreds of whales stranded in the harbor in 2020 – making it the largest whale stranding in Tasmania’s history.

In another tragic case this week, a dozen young sperm whales were found dead on another Tasmanian beach. The animals, mostly males, were first spotted by wildlife officials on Monday afternoon and were believed to be part of the same bachelor pack.