Volunteers help to save five whales after 150 stranded on WA beach

Australia_Beached_Whales_65486

Volunteers and vets were trying to keep the surviving short-finned pilot whales alive before deciding when to herd them out to sea.

Short-finned pilot whales inhabit tropical and subtropical waters and are often seen in the hundreds and when they beach, it is usually en masse.

Authorities said they will continue to sweep the surrounding beaches by air and sea on Saturday.

Most of the whales did not survive after beaching themselves, according to Jeremy Chick, incident controller at Western Australia's Parks & Wildlife Service.

The carcasses are being removed and authorities are taking DNA samples in a bid to understand why the whales beached.

Rescue efforts were hampered by dead whales in the water, rocky terrain and rough seas at the bay.

Despite rescue efforts, only five of the stranded whales survived the ordeal.

Volunteers said that some of the whales, once back in the water, turned around and became beached again.

More news: Stranger Things 3 Starts Filming Next Month

"Short-finned pilot whales are listed as "data deficient" on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species".

The stranding of 150 whales at Hamelin Bay, some 315 kilometres south of Perth, was spotted by a commercial fisherman at daybreak, with fears the carcasses will attract sharks.

The largest stranding incident happened in 1918 on the shore of Chatham Island, almost 1000 pilot whales stranded.

During the rescue efforts, the surviving whales were placed in shallow water but it was hard to move them further out as they were surrounded by the dead whales, and because of the beach's rocky terrain and rough seas.

The whales were stranded on Hamelin Bay beach, near Augusta on Australia's western coast.

Nearly all of the mammals - short-finned pilot whales weighing between 1-4 tonnes - have now died, with six survivors helped back out to sea late in the afternoon. "The other animals end up beaching as well because they don't want to leave them".

Environmental groups have also argued that sonar - used to map the ocean floor or for military purposes - can trigger mass strandings in dolphins and whales, who can be sensitive to underwater noises.

Related News:



Most liked

RS polls: After bypoll losses, BJP grabs extra RS UP seat
Akhilesh did succeed in delivering all the "surplus" SP votes, including that of his estranged uncle Shivpal Yadav, to BSP . Out of the 58 vacancies across 16 states, 33 candidates from 10 states had already been elected unanimously.

Meghan Markle Just Dropped a Hint About Her Royal Baby Plans
Profits from sales go directly to the Royal Collection Trust, which conserves the collection of palaces and art. Instead of her usual pants look, the royal-to-be opted for midi skirt by Greta Constantine for the busy day.

Ex-Playboy model says Trump offered her cash after sex
Cooper wondered if she was hurt that he "saw you in that way". "I didn't know he was intimate with other ladies", she said. One would assume that a woman who you engage in sexual relations with shouldn't remind you of your child.

'Hero' French officer who traded places with hostage in supermarket siege dies
Molins said that Lakdim first hijacked a vehicle in Carcassonne on Friday morning, killing the passenger and wounding the driver. France has faced a string of terrorist attacks in recent years, including the Paris attacks and other smaller-scale assaults.

Trump touts 'great friendship' with Saudi Arabia
At the worldwide level, it is not surprising that the head of state or his deputy manage the economic and investment portfolio. During the meeting, a senior administration official said , the two leaders took up an array of thorny issues: Mr.

Trade War Unsettles Stocks in US, China
These new measures have been taken to penalize China for theft of intellectual property of American companies. That was a response to the tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that Trump announced earlier this month.

Parkland Students Arrested for Bringing Weapons to School
Zachary had been living with a family friend, Roxanne Deschamps, since his adoptive mother died in November 2017. Later, she appeared at a news conference in the city with celebrity attorney Gloria Allred.

Sex And The City's Cynthia Nixon to run for governor
He also noted that it's hard for first-time candidates to gain name recognition in the state, even if they are celebrities. Show me a compelling reason to cast my vote - and for my teenage daughter to cast her first ever vote - in your direction.

London calling for Red Sox
Work groups don't necessarily lead to season-opening assignments, though Florial did finish up 2017 with 19 games at Tampa . Turner was struck by a pitch from Oakland right-hander Kendall Graveman in the first inning Monday night.

Deputy suspended for sleeping on duty at Parkland high school
An arrest report, the outlet claims, stated that the student allegedly used the moniker "NickCruz" for an online game he played. The arrests - and the suspension of BSO deputy Moises Carotti - have the school and the district back on edge.

Arise Sir Ringo: Beatles drummer given knighthood
The Duke, who you may recognize as Prince William , did the whole sword-on-the-shoulder maneuver and everything. He also cleverly quipped when asked about his medal , "I'll be wearing it at breakfast".

National Football League bully victim faces 5 charges following Instagram gun threat
However, Martin was reportedly in possession of many weapons including a loaded shotgun, knife, and an ax, according to TMZ. Martin was charged in Los Angeles County with four counts of making a criminal threat and one count of possessing a firearm.

Eight-Team XFL Competitor Plans to Launch in February 2019
It is the brainchild of Charlie Ebersol, the director of ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary on the XFL that was broadcast past year . This league is set to start a year earlier than the XFL, with their first game the week after next year's Super Bowl .

Ex-Playboy model who claimed affair with Trump sues to break silence
A White House representative was not immediately available for comment on the ruling. McDougal signed a $150,000 deal with AMI for the story before the 2016 election.

European Union transition deal 'crucial' for automotive industry - NFDA
It argues that financial stability is at stake, as well as the integrity of the single market. It also said any new customs checks "would add cost, cause delays and threaten productivity".