Whale rescuers race against time to rescue more than two hundred whales stuck on the coast of Australia on Tuesday, reports said.
The whales stranded on the West coast of Tasmania is thought to be one of the country’s worst beaching situation.
The pods of long-finned pilot whales in Tasmania’s west cost got stuck on sandbars in Macquarie Harbor, scientists explained.
It is feared that approximately 90 or a third of the whales stuck in Australia is already dead on Monday, AFP reported.
Moreover, rescuers hope to prevent the number of dead whales from increasing.
The situation worried rescuers on Monday, thinking the task in rescuing other survivors would take several days.
However, their feeling of dread switched to hope on Tuesday when rescuers were able to free “a small number” of whales successfully.”
The freed whales “appear to have stayed out at sea,” per Nic Deka, Parks and Wildlife head said.
Rescuers are now “scaling up that approach,” Deka said, per AFP.
Deka added that they will try to free more whales the next morning.
Kris Carlyon, a wildlife expert from the Marine Conservation Programme explain that the whales might be too big or stuck “in an unsuitable location.”
Moreover, the whales are only accessible through a boat, reports said, making it more difficult for rescuers to reach them.
Beaching in Tasmania
Mass beaching of whales often occurs on the coast of Tasmania.
According to Carlyon, it is unclear why Tasmania is a hotspot in whale strandings.
However, he suggested that a couple of the whales may have strayed and made the pods go off track.
The last sighting of whales mass stranded on its coast happened more than a decade ago.
In November and December 2008, large groups of long-finned whales got stuck in Tasmania’s coast.
Reports in November 2008 estimated that more than 50 whales died from a pod of 65.
In December 2008, more than 150 whales died in Tasmania’s Sandy Cape.