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Eleven whales survive Bruny Island stranding



Eleven long-finned pilot whales that survived yesterday’s stranding on Bruny Island have been returned to the water and are now swimming freely.

The survivors were maintained overnight by DPIPWE marine wildlife experts and were refloated on the high tide around 4.30am.

Head of DPIPWE’s Resource Management and Conservation section Rosemary Gales said the rescue crew was monitoring beaches on the northern section of Labillardiere Peninsula and Great Taylors Bay today in case the whales returned to shallow water and re-stranded.

 “We are very pleased with the result but there is always a chance that the whales may beach again,” Dr Gales said.

 “While there has been no sign of the whales close to shore since they were returned to sea it is important to keep an eye on the situation.”

Dr Gales praised the efforts of Tassal staff and the Parks and Wildlife Service for assistance at the stranding site yesterday and thanked the public for their offers of help.

The survivors were among a pod of about 35 pilot whales that stranded on the isolated beach.

 The event follows the beaching of six pilot whales at Mosquito on Robbins Island and 10 bottle-nosed dolphins at Stanley in January this year. In March 2009, 177 pilot whales and dolphins stranded on Naracoopa beach, King Island.