Massive Whale and Dolphin Strandings in Australia

Massive Whale and Dolphin Strandings in Australia

Nearly 200 pilot whales and have a dozen bottle nose dolphins were recently stranded on the beach of southern Australia last Sunday evening. Unfortunately only 54 of the pilot whales and 7 of the stranded dolphins were still alive when rescue workers began working furiously on Monday to return as many of them to the water as possible. After a days of work digging trenches and putting over 100 local residents to work on the rescue efforts, 48 of the stranded animals were successfully returned to the water. The mass stranding occurred on Naracoopa Beach which is located on King's Island in Tasmania. This is the last of a series of strandings that have occurred in Tasmania recently with a total of four such incidents in the past few months. In January alone, 45 sperm whales died after becoming stranded on Tasmanian sand bars and a couple of months earlier, 150 long finned pilot whales were lost due to a November stranding. While whales do beach themselves from time to time one of the things that is rather unusual about this particular stranding is that it is quite rare to see a mass stranding of whales and dolphins together and researchers are unsure as what exactly may have lead to this particular stranding or why the pilot whales and bottle nose dolphins were stranded together. Although a cause of beached whales is unknown the growing numbers of whales and dolphins being lost in recent months is becoming a rather alarming issue for many.