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edesignuk
Mar 2, 2009, 06:38 AM
Australian authorities are racing to save dozens of pilot whales and a small pod of dolphins beached on an island.

The mammals have stranded themselves on King Island, in the Bass Strait between the mainland and the southern state of Tasmania.

Reports say about 140 out of nearly 200 whales have already died.

More than 400 whales have died in Tasmanian waters in recent months, in a phenomenon for which scientists still have no definitive explanation.

The 194 pilot whales and half a dozen bottlenose dolphins became stranded on Naracoopa Beach on King Island on Sunday evening.

Chris Arthur, of Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that 54 whales and seven dolphins were still alive. BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7918144.stm).

Someone, quick, buy these guys a GPS, think they took a wrong turn!

iJohnHenry
Mar 2, 2009, 06:57 AM
Sad, not funny. :(

arkitect
Mar 2, 2009, 07:04 AM
Sad, not funny. :(

Indeed.

And with the world's navies booming sonar around no wonder the once quiet oceans have become a nightmare for these poor animals…

Abstract
Mar 2, 2009, 10:01 AM
Exactly. Damn sonar. :(

cdover
Mar 2, 2009, 10:44 AM
Didn't this happen 2 weeks ago in the Philippines, too?

http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSTRE51A5AP20090211

:(

Angie1313
Mar 4, 2009, 01:11 PM
I wish there was a way I could help...:(