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Encounter Maria Island


Encounter Maria Island's new ferry Osprey V, that will allow even more visitors to enjoy one of the State's best tourism attractions, was launched today.More

Progress on Cradle Mountain Master Plan


An important milestone in the Cradle Mountain Master Plan project has been reached following a competitive tender process, with Cumulus Studio chosen to design the Cradle Mountain gateway precinct and the Dove Lake viewing shelter.More

Exciting new proposal for Tasmania's South East Cape


Award-winning local tourism operator Ian Johnstone can now progress a new project to lease and licence negotiations under the Tourism Opportunities in Tasmania's National Parks, Reserves and Crown Land process.More

Two Whale Strandings


Two whale rescue operations have been mounted within a day of each other in Tasmanian waters. North of Naracoopa on King Island, over 150 pilot whales and dolphins were discovered stranded on or near the shore at Sea Elephant Rocks on November 28. A rescue effort was mounted immediately, although well over half of the animals were reported to have died before anything could be done.

A short time later another mass stranding took place, this time on Maria Island. 53 long-fin pilot whales were discovered on the beach at Darlington Bay by a ranger on the morning of November 29.

Half of the whales at Darlington Bay are reported to be dead while the others are reasonably healthy. So far, over twenty of the whales have been rescued. The effort is continuing.

The south-east district manager of the Parks and Wildlife Service, Shane Hunniford, reports that an incident control centre has been established at Triabunna. Members of Parks & Wildlife Service's firecrew have arrived to provide pumps that will help keep the stranded whales cool and wet.

Significant resources and personnel from Parks & Wildlife and the Nature Conservation Branch, as well as trained volunteers, are at the stranding site. This includes experienced whale rescue team members diverted from the King Island stranding. The beach was being cordoned off to facilitate the rescue attempt, which will continue during the long daylight hours.

The Whale and Dolphin Sightings Hotline is 0427 942 537 or 0427WHALES.

For further information, see our web pages on whale strandings.

Two Whale Strandings

Stranded pilot whales