At least 14 sperm whales have been found dead and stranded on a beach on King Island off the Australian state of Tasmania.
At least 14 sperm whales have been found dead in a mass stranding on a beach on King Island off the Australian state of Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Department of Environment and Resources said the whales died when they washed ashore on Tuesday.
“It’s possible the whales were part of the same cephalopod – a group of younger male sperm whales that bonded together after leaving the parent group,” a department spokesman said. local media in a statement.
“Members of the public are reminded that interfering with protected wildlife, including possessing the organs of a dead whale, is an offense and are required to keep their distance. .”
An adult sperm whale, one of the largest mammals on earth, can grow up to 12 meters (39 feet) tall and can weigh up to 57 tons.
According to local reports, Marine Conservation Program wildlife biologists are on their way to investigate the incident, while a plane will be used to check if there are more whales in the area. area or not.
Experts told ABC News The most common cause of stranding is “walking in the wrong place…animals get into trouble on a complicated stretch of coastline or get swept out on a low trip.”
The incident was reported two years after 380 pilot whales died in Australia’s worst mass stranding on Tasmania’s west coast. After the rescue effort, only 111 whales were saved.
In 1996, 320 pilot whales washed up on the coast of Western Australia, and around 600 pilot whales washed up near New Zealand in 2017.