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Pilot whale stranding on Robbins Island

24/01/2011

Biological samples have been taken from four dead pilot whales which stranded at Mosquito Inlet on Robbins Island in Tasmania’s far North West at the weekend.


Officers from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) have also measured the carcasses and are monitoring the area for other whales which could have become disoriented in the shallows around the island.


DPIPWE marine biologist David Pemberton said pilot whales habitually form pods of between and 20 and 300 but are known to swim in smaller groups.


“The four on Robbins Island could be one of these breakaway groups as an aerial search yesterday did not spot any in the water,” he said.


“But we will monitor the situation today particularly because extreme high and low tides this week make the area even more difficult for marine mammals to navigate.”


Dr Pemberton asked fishers and recreational boat users in the area to report any whale or dolphin sightings to the whale hotline 0427 WHALES (0427 942 537).


(Photos courtesy Peter Hefferon)

Pilot whale stranding on Robbins Island

Parks field officer James Grey with one of the four pilot whales that stranded at Robbins Island.

Pilot whale stranding on Robbins Island

Pilot whales form pods of between 20 and 300.