Today, on March 23 almost around 150 whales washed ashore in Western Australia’s Hamelin Bay. They are almost stranded at Hamelin Bay and 135 out of 150 is already dead according to reports. So, the rescuers are putting extreme effort to save the 15 survivors approximately because an incoming of the tropical cyclone is reported. Also Read - John Abraham to Produce Hindi Remake of Hit Prithviraj's Malayalam Film Ayyappanum Koshiyum, Deet Inside
First, the beach whales were spotted by a fisherman as per as the BBC report. These animals are believed to be short-finned pilot whales and now more than half of them are dead. But Parks and Wildlife officials, veterinarians and volunteers are continuously searching and putting extra effort to save an estimated 15 survivors. Also Read - Complete Lockdown in Thane's Mumbra Area From Today; Milk, Medical Shops to be Open For 2 hrs
An official from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Jeremy Chick said, “The strength of the animals and the windy and possibly wet weather conditions will affect when and where we attempt to move them out to sea, the main objectives are to ensure the safety of staff and volunteers, as well as the whales’ greatest chance of survival.” Also Read - 'Effective Steps Needed to Redeem Situation': SC Takes Suo Moto Cognisance of Migrants' Plight
According to reports, the pile-up of bodies of whales also got a shark alert for nearby beaches, as the dead remains could attract the predators. The cause of the incident has not been identified by the scientists yet. Curtin University marine biology specialist Bec Wellard said that the mass bleaching for long- and short-finned pilot whales, are not infrequent in Western Australia.
This type of incident generally happened due to human activity, pod making a navigational error or illness. In 2009, at the same location, almost about 80 whales and dolphins died in a mass beaching while 20 whales were beached in Bunbury, Western Australia in 2015.