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230 Pilot Whales Stranded In Tasmania, 32 Were Saved

Wildlife experts rescued 32 of the 230 whales spotted stranded on the wild and remote west coast of Australia's island state of Tasmania a day earlier.

Half of the pilot whale pod found stranded in Macquarie Harbour were reported to be alive on Wednesday, according to the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania.

According to the manager of the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, Brendon Clark, only 35 had survived the night's onslaught of waves.

"Of the 35 that were still alive this morning, we've managed to refloat, rescue, and release... 32 of those animals," Clark told reporters late Thursday at nearby Strahan.

"We still have three alive on the far northern end of Ocean Beach, but due to access difficulties, mostly tidal factors, we can't get them today. They'll be our priority in the morning, said Clark.

The whales were discovered two years to the day after the largest mass stranding in Australian history was discovered in the same harbor.

On September 21, 2020, 470 long-finned pilot whales were spotted stuck on sandbars. 111 of the whales were saved after a week-long struggle, while the rest died.

According to Marine Conservation Program biologist Kris Carlyon, the dead whales will be analyzed to discover if there were poisons in their systems that could explain the disaster.

"These mass stranding occurrences are often the results of an accidental sort of coming to shore for a variety of reasons," Carlyon explained.