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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Nearly 200 stranded whales die in Australia

Hobart, Australia – A day after 230 whales were found stranded off the far west coast of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, only 35 survived despite ongoing rescue efforts on Thursday.

The Tasmanian Department of Natural Resources and Environment estimated that half of the pilot whale pods that washed up in Macquarie Harbor were alive Wednesday.

But the heavy surf killed several people overnight, said Brendan Clark, director of the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service.

“Yesterday we classified the animals as part of the initial assessment and identified the ones with the best chances of survival among the approximately 230 people trapped. Today we will focus on rescue and release operations,” Clarke told reporters in Strahan, a nearby town.

“We have about 35 animals that have survived on the beach … and this morning we will be primarily focused on the rescue and release of those animals,” he said.

The whales ran away just two years after the largest such incident in Australian history, which took place in the same area.

On September 21, 2020, around 470 long-finned pilot whales were found stranded in the sandbar. After a week of work, 111 samples were saved, but the rest died.

The entrance to the port is a shallow, dangerous channel known as Hell’s Gate.

Linton Kringle, a salmon farmer in the area who helped with the rescue effort in 2020, said the new operation could be more difficult.

“Last time they were in port and it’s very quiet, and we were able to deal with them and get the ships to them,” Kringle said.

“But on the beach, you can’t find a boat there, it’s too rough, too shallow. I guess if we can’t get them out by swimming we should try to get them in a vehicle should,” he explained.

At least 13,700 dogs are killed for human consumption every month in Indonesia.

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