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Australia began disposing of around 350 dead whales as rescue efforts ended

Sydney: Australian wildlife officials on Saturday began disposing of hundreds of dead pilot whales, concluding that there is no hope of escaping any more.
In Australia’s largest whale beaching, 470 whales were first spotted on a wide sandbank during an aerial reconnaissance of rugged Macquarie Harbor in the state of Tasmania on Monday.
After days of difficult and dangerous rescue efforts, Australia said they had rescued 108 whales, with the rest now believed to have died.
Rob Buck, event controller and park and wildlife services manager, said 15 whales had already been disposed of at sea, but the operation was expected to take at least several days to dispose of the remainder near 350 mammals. “The collection and disposal is being done with the help of aquaculture companies, whose equipment and expertise are required for timely and effective results at the port,” Buck said in an email statement.
Dead whale carcasses were being separated into groups and attached with water booms to keep them in one place and separate them from sharks and other predators.
Most of the released whales, a nomadic species that live in deep waters, were expected to “recur” and recover from the traumatic event, officials said.

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