Whales stranded in South Australia increase to more than 470

Whales stranded in South Australia increase to more than 470

The whales are found in Macquarie Bay, on Tasmania's west coast, where authorities on Tuesday reported 270 stranded whales, of which a third died and another 25 were rescued.

Whales stranded in South Australia increase to more than 470

Rescue services discovered 200 new pilot whales stranded in South Australia on Wednesday, bringing to about 470 cetaceans that have been trapped on sandbanks near the coast.

“From the air it appears that most of the newly discovered whales are dead, but a boat is heading there to carry out an assessment from the water,” Nic Deka, director of the Incident Control Service in Natural Parks , said in a statement. on the island of Tasmania.

The whales are found in Macquarie Bay off Tasmania's west coast, where authorities on Tuesday reported 270 stranded whales, of which a third died and another 25 were rescued.

“We will continue the rescue where we left off yesterday, so we are going to follow the same strategy. Now we are more efficient. We are focused on the animals that are still alive. Mortality has increased, but there are a significant number of live specimens,” explained Deka .

The authorities indicated that they are working to give accurate figures of the number of cetaceans rescued and those that have died, while acknowledging that it is difficult to prevent such incidents.

In the photos and videos taken at the site you can see the backs of the whales, which can measure up to seven meters long and weigh about three tons, in areas near the shore and some are being towed by boats.

Kris Carlyon, a biologist with the Program for Marine Conservation, highlighted on Tuesday the difficulty of determining the reason why the whales were stranded and pointed to the hypothesis that these cetaceans would approach the coast in search of food.

The group would have been guided by “one or two” pilot whales and the rest of these social animals would have followed them until they were stuck on the sandbars.

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.

In previous incidents, the scientific community has considered the possibility that whales come to the coast attracted by the sonars of large ships or guided by a group leader disoriented as a result of suffering from a disease.

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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