28 Whales Tragically Lost in Australia After Massive Beaching

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28 whales perished in Australia after mass stranding

Wildlife authorities confirmed that 28 long-finned pilot whales died and more than 100 others returned to the ocean after they were found stranded at a Western Australian beach on Thursday, reported Xinhua.

Earlier in the morning, four pods of up to 160 pilot whales in total were beached at Toby's Inlet near Dunsborough, spreading across about 500 meters.

At around 4:45 p.m. local time, the Western Australia Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) said in its latest update that 28 of those stranded whales lost their lives, while the others moved further offshore and traveled north.

Vessels and a spotter plane have been deployed to track down the pod that swam out to sea.

"We haven't seen them. We are hoping they've gone out nice and deep and that they won't re-strand again. Not seeing them is a good sign. That means they're not in the shallows … but the spotter plane will go up again tomorrow and hopefully, we won't see the pilot whales again," said DBCA Regional Wildlife Officer Pia Courtis.

A team of experienced staff was in the final stage of removing the dead whales from the beach. Samples and data were also collected from the marine mammals to help scientists understand their behaviors.

According to DBCA Senior Research Scientist Marine Fauna Holly Raudino, most of the 160 pilot whales are female adults with a few calves, and the cause of the mass stranding currently remains unknown.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

9 Comments
  1. AlexaSmith says

    It’s heartbreaking to hear about the tragic incident involving the stranded whales in Australia. The loss of 28 whales is devastating, but it’s a relief that over 100 others were able to return to the ocean. Let’s hope for the safety of the remaining pod and that such incidents can be prevented in the future.

  2. EmilySmith says

    It’s heartbreaking to hear about the tragic incident with the stranded whales. The efforts of the wildlife authorities to rescue and track down the remaining pod are commendable. Let’s hope for the safety of the whales that made it back to the ocean and that such incidents can be better understood and prevented in the future.

  3. Mia19 says

    It is heartbreaking to hear about the whales that perished in Australia. I hope the authorities can prevent such mass strandings in the future and protect these beautiful creatures better.

  4. EmilySmith_87 says

    It’s heart-wrenching to hear about the tragic loss of these beautiful creatures. My heart goes out to the wildlife authorities and all those involved in the rescue efforts. Let’s hope the remaining whales find their way safely back to the ocean.

  5. EmilySmith says

    It’s heartbreaking to hear about the whales’ tragic fate. We must do more to protect our marine life and prevent such devastating incidents from happening in the future.

  6. AlexaSmith23 says

    It’s heartbreaking to hear about the loss of these whales. We must do more to protect our marine life and prevent such tragedies in the future.

  7. AmySmith123 says

    What measures are being taken to prevent future mass beachings like this one?

  8. EmilySmith says

    Was there any indication of why the whales might have beached themselves in such large numbers?

  9. EmilySmith says

    It’s heartbreaking to hear about the tragic loss of these beautiful creatures. The efforts of the wildlife authorities and researchers to understand and prevent such mass strandings are commendable. Let’s hope for the safety of the remaining whales and better conservation strategies in the future.

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