Massive release of whales in shallow waters off the coast of Tasmania

HOBART. KAZINFORM – About 230 whales are stranded off the west coast of Tasmania, just days after 14 sperm whales were found on an island off the southeast coast. It is reported by MIA “Kazinform” with reference to euronews.

A flock that washed up on Ocean Beach appears to be pilot whales, and it is believed that at least half of them are still alive. Tasmania’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment announced this on Wednesday.

The department said a team from the Marine Conservation Program is gathering whale rescue equipment and heading to the area.

A local resident told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that whales were seen at the entrance to Macquarie Harbour. Local authorities urged people to stay away from these places.

14 sperm whales were spotted Monday afternoon on Tasmania’s King Island in the Bass Strait between Melbourne and the north coast of Tasmania.

Whales are infamous for massive strandings in shallow water for reasons that are not entirely clear.

Two years ago, some 470 whales were sighted on sandbars off the west coast of Tasmania, the largest stranding on record in Australia.

After a week of effort, 111 of these whales were rescued, the rest died.

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