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Rescue Effort Is Underway After Hundreds of Whales Beach Themselves Off Tasmania

About 270 pilot whales became stranded on the west coast of the island state in Australia. Rescuers estimate that a third of them have already died.Rescuers worked on Tuesday to save more than 200 pilot whales stranded on the west coast of Tasmania, Australia.Credit…Brodie Weeding/The Advocate, via Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesSept. 22, 2020, 5:52 a.m. ETDARWIN, Australia — They may have taken a wrong turn, chased their prey into shallow waters, or blindly followed a dying matriarch who intended to beach herself. But the pilot whales, about 270 of them, somehow ended up stranded on a remote beach in Tasmania. A third of them are likely to have already died. Now, scientists are racing to save the others.“It is quite confronting,” Kris Carlyon, a marine biologist with the Tasmanian government, said at a news conference on Tuesday. “This is such a tricky event, a complex event, that any whale we save we consider a real win,” he added. “We’re focusing on having as many survivors as we can.”Already by Tuesday, a day after the pod was first seen, the team of scientists, government worker
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