380 whales die stranded in Australia and another 70 are rescued

380 whales die stranded in Australia and another 70 are rescued

Rescue teams are now concentrating on saving the 20 cetaceans trapped in the sand that are left alive.

380 whales die stranded in Australia and another 70 are rescued

A total of 70 of the 470 pilot whales stranded in South Australia have been rescued so far, while another 380 have died, local authorities reported Thursday.

The Marine Conservation Program of the Government of Tasmania, an island-state in the south of the country, indicated on its Facebook page that rescue teams are now concentrating on saving the 20 cetaceans trapped in the sand that remain alive.

Supported by volunteers, the teams battle the clock to move the whales to deeper waters from areas near the shore of Macquarie Bay on Tasmania's west coast where the backs and dorsal fins of cetaceans can be seen. .

“As long as they are alive and in the water there is hope, but as time goes on they feel more exhausted and their chances of survival diminish,” Nic Deka, director of the Incident Control Service in Tasmania Nature Parks, said Wednesday.

The first 270 pilot whales, measuring about 6.7 meters and weighing 2.5 tons, were found earlier this week, while another 200 were found dead Wednesday between 7 and 10 kilometers away.

It is not the first time that several whales have been stranded on Tasmanian beaches, especially in Macquarie Bay, where the last massive incident occurred a decade ago when 197 were trapped.

Scientists have not yet been able to explain why whales sometimes deviate from their routes and get stranded in shallow water.

However, in previous incidents the scientific community has considered the possibility that the whales, which can travel in groups of a thousand, come to the coast attracted by the sonars of large ships or guided by a group leader disoriented as a result of suffering an illness.

Some experts believe that they are social animals and if one of them makes a mistake and goes into shallow water, the rest follow.

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