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Monday, December 1, 2008

Mass stranding: All whales found dead

At least 80 whales all dead after being beached on a rocky stretch of Sandy Cape in Tasmania, Novemb

The deaths come only a week after more than 60 whales of the same species became stranded on Tasmania's north-west coast. (DPI: Warwick Brennan)

There are no survivors from the latest mass whale stranding on Tasmania's west coast.

Authorities were alerted to the stranding of between 80 and 100 long-finned pilot whales on a rocky stretch of Sandy Cape yesterday.

A parks and wildlife team sent to investigate by helicopter yesterday found around 12 survivors, but most of them were already badly injured by the rocky shoreline.

A larger rescue team arrived at the remote beach this morning by four-wheel-drive to find all the whales dead.

Chris Arthur from Parks and Wildlife says he was not surprised given the condition of the survivors yesterday.

"It's an a extremely difficult site," he said.

"It is different from last weekend where the animals came ashore in sand.

"Where they are is in a rocky shore with a lot of multiple reefs and small channels.

"The animals were quite badly battered."

A group of around 16 whales believed to be from the same pod are still milling around off shore.

Rescuers will now focus their attention on trying to prevent them also becoming beached.

The deaths come only a week after than 60 whales of the same species became stranded at Anthony's Beach on the state's north-west coast.

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