Saturday, November 12, 2011

Beached whales die on Tasmanian coast, Australia - 12th Nov 2011

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Only eight of 24 whales, which beached themselves on Tasmania's west coast early today have survived.

Twenty sperm whales became stranded on Ocean Beach, near Strahan, with four more trapped ashore in nearby Macquarie Harbour.

The Department of Primary Industries confirmed 16 whales died on Ocean Beach throughout the day.

A department spokesman said the four remaining whales on Ocean Beach were unlikely to survive, but held out hope for those stranded in the harbour.

Marine mammal specialists are on scene, but dangerous conditions on the water have so far prevented them from intervening.

They plan to begin work early tomorrow and expect the mission to last several days. Source