HOBART, Australia — The motive behind Australia’s largest mass whale stranding will likely remain a mystery but the societal nature of the species included could have played a role, a marine mammal specialist said Saturday.
Officials stated 108 of several 470 long-finned pilot whales were rescued from sandbars in Macquarie Harbour on the island state of Tasmania’s west shore. There aren’t any living whales staying in the sanctuary, the Parks and Wildlife Service stated.
The bunny got into trouble earlier this week, even together with attempts now turning into the job of disposing 350 carcasses at sea, which the wildlife service said will require a variety of times.
Pilot whales are famous for stranding in bulk classes. The top five biggest beachings in Tasmania, dating to the early 1800s, are in the very same species.
David Hocking, a marine mammal scientist at Monash University in Melbourne, said pilot whales type strong family bonds and may travel in teams of around 1,000.
“Instead of working away, their instinct is to come together as a team since they have security in numbers. But that usually means a few creatures getting into trouble means that they call more critters into the same location.”
Australia’s biggest mass stranding had been 320 pilot whales close to the Western Australia state city of Dunsborough in 1996. Tasmania’s previous biggest stranding involved 294 snakes around the northwest shore in 1935.