Canberra, Australia — Australian wildlife authorities are investigating the deaths of 14 younger sperm whales that have been discovered beached on an island off of the southeast coast, officers stated Tuesday. The whales have been found Monday afternoon on King Island, a part of the state of Tasmania within the Bass Strait between Melbourne and Tasmania’s northern coast, the state Division of Pure Sources and Atmosphere stated in a press release.
A authorities Marine Conservation Program crew traveled to the island Tuesday and was to attempt to decide their reason behind dying.
Pictures distributed by the division confirmed whales mendacity on their sides in shallow water on the rocky shore of the island.
Authorities have been planning to conduct an aerial survey to find out whether or not there have been every other whales within the space.
The division stated it’s not uncommon for sperm whales to be sighted in Tasmania and the world the place they have been found on the seaside was inside their regular vary and habitat.
“Whereas additional inquiries are but to be carried out, it’s potential the whales have been a part of the identical bachelor pod – a gaggle of youthful male sperm whales associating collectively after leaving the maternal group,” the Atmosphere Division stated.
Within the meantime, surfers and swimmers have been being warned to keep away from the quick space in case the corpses of the whales entice sharks to the waters close by.
Two years in the past, about 470 long-finned pilot on sandbars off of Tasmania’s west coast within the largest mass-stranding on report in Australia.
After a weeklong effort, 111 of these whales have been rescued however the remainder died.