Thursday, March 14, 2019

28 whales found dead on a beach in southeastern Australia

Twenty-eight whales were found dead on a beach in southeastern Australia, authorities announced Wednesday, a few days after a massive stranding and also unexplained in New Zealand.
The pilot of a private plane that flew over Croajingolong National Park, in the state of Victoria, counted on Tuesday afternoon on a beach 27 pilot whales and a humpback whale.
When the park authorities moved to the beach on the same Tuesday they saw that five cetaceans were still alive. When they returned on Wednesday, everyone had died.
Experts think that the humpback whale was stranded long before the pilot whales.
Gail Wright, of the Victoria Parks administration, said they were analyzing samples in hopes of understanding the reasons for this massive stranding.
"It is one of the great mysteries, we do not know what causes them," he said, adding that, in quantity, it was probably the biggest stranding in this area of ​​Australia since the 1980s.
On Saturday, a hiker discovered 145 pilot whales on a beach on Stewart Island in southern New Zealand.
Half of the cetaceans, who still lived, had to be sacrificed because the distance from the place where they were found prevented any refloating operation.
The precise causes of stranding are unknown. They can be diseases, navigation errors, tidal descending, bad weather or threats of predators.

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