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Nearly 30 Whales Die After Mass Beaching at Gippsland, Victoria

2018-11-29 06:13
At least 28 whales died after a mass beaching event on a remote strip of Victoria’s East Gippsland on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 27 and 28. The 27 pilot whales and a humpback whale were discovered on Tuesday afternoon at Wingan Inlet, which is located in the Croajingolong National Park, according to ABC. Shark warnings were issued for the area due to the carcasses. Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks (DELWP) had sent wildlife experts and a vet to the area via a helicopter. They said 24 of the whales died on Tuesday and the remaining four died the following day. Nine reported this was the state’s worst beaching in more than 30 years. The cause of the beaching was unclear but marine mammal expert Kate Charlton-Robb told Nine it could be related to seismic activity or illness. On Thursday, two additional pilot whales were found dead on Big Beach in Mallacoota, which is approximately 30 km up the coast from Wingan Inlet, according to a media release from Parks Victoria. Incident controller Stephen Young said there was no clear evidence to suggest the incident was related to the earlier stranding. Earlier in the week, six pygmy whales were found stranded on a beach in New Zealand’s North Island and over 100 pilot whales were reportedly beached on Rakiura, an island south of the New Zealand South Island. Credit: Parks Victoria via Storyful