Shark Alert After 150 Whales Died in Mass Stranding in Western Australia – Disturbing PHOTOS

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About 150 whales die in massive stranding on a beach in Western Australia.

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Marine tragedy

Nearly 150 whales have washed ashore in Western Australia Friday, March 23. Most of the animals believed to be short-finned pilot whales and, unfortunately, died.

The animals were spotted by a fisherman at Hamelin Bay, about 300km (180 miles) south of Perth.

A rescue operation began on Friday morning in Hamelin Bay, on the state’s south-western tip, to save the remaining 15, with volunteers and vets trying to keep the surviving short-finned pilot whales alive before deciding when to herd them out to sea.

“The strength of the animals and the windy and possibly wet weather conditions will affect when and where we attempt to move them out to sea,” said Jeremy Chick, from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

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Source: Leaarne Hollowood

As for now the experts didn’t identify the cause of the event, but mass beachings, particularly involving long- and short-finned pilot whales, are not infrequent in Western Australia, Curtin University marine biology specialist Bec Wellard told ABC Australia.

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Source: ABC News

Such amount of dead mammals could attract sharks so the shark alert was issued for the area and the beach remains to be closed.

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Source: Supplied

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