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Celebrating the achievements of landcarers

04/12/2017

The Tamar Island Wetland Cares Volunteer Group has been recognised in the 2017 Landcare Tasmania Awards.More

Horsetail Falls walk now open

15/11/2017

Visitors to the West Coast are in for some spectacular views on the new Horsetail Falls walk near Queenstown.More

Bruny Island Neck lookout re-opens

10/11/2017

The walkways and lookout at the Bruny Island Neck will re-open to the public today, following the completion of a new, larger car park that will provide improved access to the popular lookout.More

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.