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Whales, dolphins strand en masse in Australia

Sydney, Nov 5 (): On Sunday, volunteers were constantly working to save few surviving whales and dolphins among the 100 dolphins and whales that stranded on Tasmanian beach with hopes of putting them back to sea.

Earlier on Saturday, a fisherman noticed over 80 of the whales and dolphins were dead on King Island. Among these mammals, six dolphins and two whales were said to be sufficiently strong enough to make them refloat.

Rescue efforts repeatedly broke the rescuers’ hearts, who were trying to protect them as the refloated whales’ beach again to the same place or nearby.

Shelley Davison, spokeswoman of Tasmania Parks and wildlife said, “The rescue members were very upset after this incident as the whale beaching remained very emotional for all who were involved.” Margaret Barnes, a member of the King Island whale rescue group told the trapping of the mammals was very hard on the volunteers.

“The whales were screaming in high-pitch for their young ones, which were already dead. The sight was pretty bad. It has been very sad, because there were very small calves in great distress,” Barnes told.

Previously, three years back,more than 200 dolphins and whales came ashore on the King Island, a usual place for beaching in Australia. There are different opinions on why stranding like this happen. After the beaching in 2009 on King Island, Peter Mooney, the general manager of Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service said that the dolphins and whales often take their own endurance at risk to halt with their pod.

“They are unbelievably socially strong,” Mooney said. “Initially, only one whale strands and the other whales come into that spot to stay with that whale and at last we end with a big pod stranded. The whales just would not leave the other whales they think are in suffering, even if it costs their own death.”

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