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Eleven pilot whales have survived a mass stranding at Stanley on Tasmania's north-west coast.

The Parks and Wildlife Service's Parks and Reserves West Coast manager, Chris Arthur, said the 11 whales had been successfully returned to the water at Godfrey's Beach at Stanley.

"The rescue efforts started early this morning and we transferred 12 pilot whales 17 kilometres from where they became stranded at Anthony's Beach to Godfrey's Beach.

"Unfortunately one whale died as we were returning it to the water.

"The efforts of the volunteers and the Circular Head community has been outstanding."

About 60 volunteers and staff from the Parks and Wildlife Service and the Department of Primary Industries and Water were involved in the rescue effort which began yesterday.

Mr Arthur said the surviving whales were a mixture of young and old whales.

He said satellite trackers had been placed on some of the whales.

"We will also have a reconnaissance plane fly over the area tomorrow morning to check on the progress of the whales," Mr Arthur said.

Fifty-three whales died in the stranding.

Mr Arthur said samples had been taken from the dead whales and a mass burial would be arranged.