Marine experts revealed that 108 surviving pilot whales were recently released back to the sea after being stranded in Australia. Nearly 350 whales died in a mass stranding, the worst stranding that ever occurred in Australia. Attention is now focused at the disposal of the remains, of which 15 was buried at sea.
On Saturday, the Tasmanian government released a statement confirming that 108 pilot whales that survived the mass stranding were released outside the Macquarie Harbor’s heads. Dr. Kris Carlyon, a wildlife biologist at Marine Conservation Program, said it was a fantastic result after the rescue team spent five days saving the whales.
We only had one whale stranded overnight, which is a good result given 20 whales were released yesterday.Dr. Carlyon
Last week, at least four whales were euthanized since they were too weak to be saved. The rescue team is making efforts to get rid of the carcasses from the harbor. The success of this would depend on the wind and tide. For the main time, local residents have been warned to stay away from the area.
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Over 80% of Australian whale stranding occurs in Tasmania and experts revealed that Macquarie is a common hotspot. This recent stranding is the worst stranding ever recorded in Australia’s history. The reasons behind the stranding are not fully understood, but pilot whales are more vulnerable to getting beached. These species are not considered endangered, although the exact population is unknown.
Several theories have explained why beaching happens. Some experts believe these animals become stranded after following their prey to the shore. Another theory believes that one whale can lead the whole group to the shore mistakenly. According to researchers, such groups are very vulnerable around beaches that slope across a wide area.