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HOBART: At least 380 whales have died of a mass stranded in southern Australia, officials said on Wednesday, with rescue teams just to free a few dozen survivors.
Almost the entire pod of 460 long-winged pilot whales stranded in the rugged and sparsely populated Macquarie Harbor on Tasmania’s west coast is now gone.
“We got a more accurate count and we can confirm that 380 whales are dead,” said Nick Deka, manager of the Parks and Wildlife Service of Tasmania.
“About 30 people are still alive but the good news is that we have saved 50,” he described the rescue effort as emotionally taxing.
The first of the mammalian mammals was found on Monday, a major attempt to free them from sandbars accessible only by boat.
It is by far the largest gathering recorded in Tasmania, an island state off the south coast of mainland Australia, and possibly the largest in the country’s history.
A rescue team of 60 conservationists, skilled volunteers and local fish farm workers have focused efforts on a group of whales partially submerged.
Rescuers spent two days using free boats equipped with special slings and sent them back to the open ocean to free the living creatures from the cold turmoil.
They are now racing to free as many of the remaining 30 remaining whales as possible.
“They are focused on work – it’s demanding work, some of them are up to their chests in cold water so we’re trying to rush the crew,” Deca said.
“It is very dry physically. It is also emotionally dry.”
Whales have been found stranded for up to 10 kilometers (six miles), and authorities have now expanded their search area to see if more mammals are trapped nearby.
According to predictions made by whale behavior experts, some of the whales were rescued on Tuesday, but Deka was excited about the immediate prospects for those at sea.
“The good news is the majority of the whales that were rescued are still out in deep water and swimming,” he told reporters in the nearby town of Strahan.
“They are not stranded. So we have been more successful than not.”
The reasons for mass stranding are unknown – even for scientists who have been studying the phenomenon for decades.
However, some researchers have suggested that highly absorbable pilot whales derail after following close to shore or following one or two whales that have strayed.
Marine biologist Chris Carlyan of the Tasmanian Department of the Environment said it was a “natural phenomenon”, with strandings of species occurring regularly throughout history in both southern Australians and neighboring New Zealand.
“We step in and respond to these situations, but as far as being able to prevent these events from happening in the future, there is really little that we can do,” he said.
Carlyan said that animal welfare issues were a big reason officials and conservationists interfered with large-scale conflicts, along with the public’s expectations and ability to learn more about the species.
He said it would have been an “extremely stressful” experience to free the whales, but previous events suggested that they were likely to thrive in the wild.
“We have shown quite decisively that animals will regroup, they will improve those social bonds, and they – at least for the short-term to medium-term in which they are tracked – exhibit normal and natural behavior. , ”Said Carlyan.
Officials will now focus their attention on the disposal of whale carcasses, with evaluators arriving Wednesday to plan a cleanup.
Deca said, “As time progresses (whales) become more fatigued, therefore their chances of survival decrease.”
“But we will keep working as long as there are live animals on site.”

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