A count of 380 whales died stranding off the coast of Tasmania which experts have termed as largest mass stranding event in Australia. The officials have planned the task of disposing the cadavers of the whales on Thursday as hopes faded regarding the survivors.
In a long gruelling attempt, the rescuers team had freed 70 pilot whales by Thursday afternoon. Most of the free whales entered deeper water, though 4 were subjected to euthanasia.
Nic Deka, the incident controller for the state government’s Parks and Wildlife service said, “Beyond the next 24 hours, any remaining animals that are alive will be less viable.”
So the move to dispose the dead whales was decided, which would take quite some time. He said, “Our preference is for disposal at sea, we’re taking expert advice as to exactly where the drop off point may be.”
Marine biologists have given a clear warning that the task of evacuating nearly 400 whales would not be an easy job. The complete team of 60 scientists and volunteers were working as a rescue team for the stranded whales.