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Progress on Cradle Mountain Master Plan


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Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape


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Rescued whales swimming freely in Bass Strait


Satellite tracking devices fitted to five whales that were rescued following a mass stranding at Stanley on Saturday indicate the whales are swimming freely in deep water in Bass Strait.

The Parks and Wildlife Service's Parks and Reserves West Coast manger, Chris Arthur, said five of the 11 long-finned pilot whales that were returned to the water at Godfreys Beach at Stanley yesterday, were fitted with the tracking devices in what is a first for whale rescues in Tasmania.

Mr Arthur said that the tracking devices indicated that as of this morning, the whales were swimming freely in Bass Strait about 15 nautical miles north-east of Table Cape.

"While this is good news, we will monitor the wider area with an aircraft scheduled to undertake a surveillance flight this morning," Mr Arthur said.

Autopsies will be undertaken on the dead whales today and the whales will be buried tomorrow.

Fifty-three whales died in the stranding.