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Mt Strzelecki walk back on track


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New car park for Ben Lomond National Park


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King Island whale stranding


Efforts by rescue crews and volunteers have saved 54 pilot whales and 5 dolphins stranded on Naracoopa Beach at King Island.

The whales are among a group of 192 whales that stranded yesterday (Sunday) evening.

Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) and Department of Primary Industries and Water marine conservation officers arrived at the scene this morning to find 54 whales and 5 dolphins alive.

Chris Arthur from the Parks and Wildlife Service said about 140 of the animals had died, but hopes were high that the remaining whales could be saved.

"The 150-strong group of professionals and registered volunteers have worked throughout the high tide to refloat the animals," said Chris.

'We will continue until dark and start again at first light tomorrow".

Mr Arthur said it was not uncommon to have both whales and dolphins strand simultaneously.

On 28 November 2004 a group of 97 long-finned whales and bottle nosed dolphins beached at Sea Elephant Bay in King Island.

All animals that had stranded died although the live whales and dolphins that were milling in shallow water were successfully escorted back to sea.

Tasmania remains a hot spot for strandings with over 80 per cent of Australia's mass stranding events occurring in Tasmania.

"This last summer has been a particularly demanding one, not only for the specialist Parks and Wildlife Service officers, staff of DPIW, but also the, volunteers and local communities who have worked together at four major strandings this summer," Chris said.

People are urged to report any whale activity by calling 0427 WHALES.