On Thursday, wildlife specialists saved 32 of the 230 whales that had been discovered stranded on Tasmania, an island state in Australia, the previous day.
According to the Tasmanian Department of Natural Resources and Environment, it was assumed Wednesday that half the pod of stranded pilot whales discovered in Macquarie Harbor were still alive.
Brendon Clark, manager of Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, stated that just thirty-five had made it through the stormy surf last night.
At nearby Strahan, late on Thursday, Clark told reporters that “of the 35 that…[were] alive this morning, we’ve managed to refloat, rescue and release 32 of those animals, and so that’s a terrific result.”
Clark added, “We still have three alive on the far northern end of Ocean Beach, but because of access restrictions, predominantly tidal influences, we just haven’t been able to access those three animals safely today. But they’ll be our priority in the morning.”
Whales beached in the same bay exactly two years after the biggest mass stranding in Australian history
The whales were stranded in the same exact bay that they had been stranded in only two years earlier when the biggest mass stranding in Australian history was discovered.
On September 21, 2020, 470 long-finned pilot whales were discovered stranded on sandbars. Of those whales, only 111 were saved after a week-long effort while the others perished.
The deceased whales remain to be examined to determine if they contained any chemicals that may have caused the catastrophe, according to Marine Conservation Program biologist Kris Carlyon.
Carlyon said, “These mass stranding events are typically the result of [an] accidental sort of coming to shore, and that’s through a whole host of reasons.”
The whales were in shallower and more exposed seas on Thursday, according to local salmon farmer Linton Kringle, who assisted in the 2020 rescue effort.
On Monday afternoon, fourteen sperm whales were found beached on King Island in Bass Strait, which separates Tasmania from the Australian mainland.
Sperm whales seldom wash ashore, according to marine biologist Olaf Meynecke of Griffith University. He said that rising temperatures may be affecting both the conventional diet of whales and the ocean currents.