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Hundreds Of Whales Beached In Australia Mass Stranding

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  • More than 200 whales were beached on the Australian state of Tasmania’s west coast on Wednesday in a mysterious mass stranding, just days after 14 sperm whales were found stranded on an island off the state’s northwestern coast.
  • The pod of what appeared to be about 230 pilot whales were stranded on Ocean Beach in Macquarie Harbour, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania said.
  • With at least half the whales presumed to still be alive, a team from the Marine Conservation Program was heading to the area with whale rescue gear, the department said.

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