About 200 pilot whales have washed ashore in Tasmania

About 200 pilot whales, also known as pilot dolphins, have washed ashore and died on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia, despite rescue efforts.

A group of about 230 cetaceans washed ashore near Macquarie Harbor on Wednesday, a day when the Tasmanian state Department of Natural Resources and Environment said “about half the animals are alive”.

However, strong waves killed more marine mammals overnight, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service co-ordinator Brendan Clarke said.

“We screened the animals yesterday [quarta-feira] As part of the preliminary assessment, we identified animals with the best chance of survival (…). Today we will focus on rescue and recovery operations,” he said.

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