Published: Sun, March 25, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

150 short-finned pilot whales died in mass Australia beaching

150 short-finned pilot whales died in mass Australia beaching

The biggest mass beaching in Western Australia occurred in 1996 in Dunsborough, when 320 long-finned pilot whales beached themselves.

Leaarne Hollowood from Margaret River jumped out of bed to the scene when she heard about the whales on Friday morning.

"We're obviously managing the animals and the palliative care of those animals, and the rescue of the animals that are still alive, if possible", Mr Tannock said.

The carcasses are being removed and authorities are taking DNA samples in a bid to understand why the whales beached.

'Rescue operations will be hampered by deteriorating weather conditions and we need to ensure the safety of everyone involved before we move the whales'.

A group of experts and volunteers went to Hamelin Bay, around 315 km south of Perth, to assess the situation and attempt to rescue around 50 whales still alive on the beach and another 25 stuck in shallow waters, Efe news reported.

Almost 100 volunteers have helped to rescue five whales that became stranded on a West Australian beach.

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"Unfortunately, most of the whales beached themselves on dry land overnight and have not survived", he said earlier.

Volunteers said that some of the whales, once back in the water, turned around and became beached again.

One woman told the Daily Mail Australia when they initially got to the beach, they assumed all the animals were dead before noticing some were still desperately trying to get back into the water.

Pilot whales, which are part of the dolphin family, weigh between one and four tons each, providing a logistical challenge to local authorities, who are now working on disposing of the carcasses.

Nearly all of the mammals - short-finned pilot whales weighing between 1-4 tonnes - have now died, with six survivors helped back out to sea late in the afternoon.

The Western Australia parks service noted that short-finned pilot whales are particularly susceptible to getting stranded, citing two previous mass beachings that took place nearby in 1984 and 1991.

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