Big rescue operation: locals cover them with blankets and pour water on them #video

Big rescue operation: locals cover them with blankets and pour water on them #video
Big rescue operation: locals cover them with blankets and pour water on them #video

At least half of 230 whales have been stranded on a remote beach on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia, officials there have said. The locals are trying to save the rest, covering them with blankets and dousing them with buckets of water, the BBC reports.

Half of the flock believed to be pilot whales are believed to be still alive, while half of the stranded whales are dead, the BBC reports. The reason for the beaching is not yet known, they added. A separate mass of stranded whales was found on King Island in Bassova the day before. Among the 14 young whales, one was dead.

Experts plan to rescue the 230 beached whales discovered on Wednesday, but the location makes the rescue complex, Tasmania’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment said in a statement. Rescuers are being dispatched to the area. They will try to save whales that are still healthy enough to return them to the sea. Locals cover stranded whales with blankets and pour buckets of water over them to keep them alive.

Two years ago, almost 500 pilot whales stranded in the same location

Pilot whales are highly social mammals and are known to strand in groups because they travel in large, close-knit communities that depend on constant communication.

Two years ago, the largest number of whales in Australia ran aground in the same location, namely 480. 380 of them died, and around a hundred survived thanks to rescuers.

Wildlife scientist Vanessa Pirotta told the BBC that the whales most likely navigated incorrectly, followed a sick or disoriented leader, or became frightened when they entered shallower waters. She said that climate change, such as water temperature, could also affect this.




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