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Whale Strandings Clean Up Begins


The clean-up after mass strandings of whales at Marion Bay will continue tomorrow.

Parks and Wildlife Service General Manager Peter Mooney said the task of burying 130 long-finned pilot whales started this afternoon.

Seventy whales died after beaching at Marion Bay overnight and 60 perished after becoming stranded on rocks south of the Marion Narrows and the Marion Bay beach on Tuesday.

Mr Mooney said a watching brief will be kept over the next 48 hours to try to avoid a third stranding in the area.

Fourteen whales were found alive today and eight were helped back to the sea by teams of rescuers. However, six died during the morning.

Mr Mooney said today's rescue attempt was hampered by strong onshore winds and rough surf.

"The sea was very confused but the rescue teams did a great job," he said.

"There were about 30 volunteers and a further 30 staff from the Parks and Wildlife Service, the Department of Primary Industries, Water and the Environment, the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Tasmania Police and the State Emergency Service.

"It was a terrific cooperative team effort on the front line as well as behind the scenes with the coordination of resources, personnel and communications." Mr Mooney said that while mass strandings are distressing, they provide an opportunity to learn more about the biology of whales and possible triggers for strandings.

DPIWE and TMAG scientific staff took measurements as well as skin, blubber and tooth samples from the whale carcasses.

The whales ranged from 2.5 metres to 4 metres in length and most were female. Several were juveniles.

Whale Strandings Clean Up Begins