150 whales found stranded in Australia

UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2018 06:55 PM IST
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More than 150 whales got stranded in Western Australia. A rescue operation was underway. The mammals are believed to be short-finned pilot whales. They were first spotted by a commercial fisherman.

Only 15 whales were still alive by the end of the day.

“The ones I've seen go back in the water, they actually come back around and beach themselves again. I watched one of them and it happened three times. And still he wouldn't go out to sea,” said Barrie Brickle, a tourist.

A shark alert was also issued since stranded whales can attract predators.

This isn't the first time this beach has seen a massive stranding. In 2009, more than 80 whales and dolphins washed ashore and died. Australia's biggest stranding was in 1996, when 320 long-finned pilot whales beached themselves.


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