Only Five Pilot Whales Survive at Hamelin Bay

Stranding Pilot Whales. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Only five out of 150 pilot whales stranding en masse on the coast of Western Australia have survived.

The pilot whales stranded en masse at Hamelin Bay, Western Australian coast, 180 miles south of Perth.

The local fishermen discovered them on Friday. The stranding whales en masse prompted major rescue efforts.

Most of the whales, however, didn’t make it till the nightfall. 140 whales died by the nightfall.

The weather condition deteriorating and the frenzied sharks on attack impeded the rescue efforts.

Parks and Wildlife Service spokesperson Jeremy Chick said in a statement following the death of the whales, “Unfortunately, most of the whales beached themselves on dry land overnight [on Thursday] and have not survived.”

Parks and Wildlife parks and business development coordinator Ben Tannock told The Sydney Morning Herald after whales stranded en masse, “It’s one of the mysteries of nature. Hopefully, we can save as many as we can, but once they come ashore like that they do deteriorate quite quickly.”

More than 100 volunteers and wildlife personnel came to join the rescue mission.

Most of the whales, however, couldn’t be rescued.

The pilot whale is a species largely known for its nature to strand en masse. This species often beach themselves and die in large number.

Pilot whale population numbers are unknown; however, they are not considered endangered. There are an estimated 1 million long-finned pilot whales and approximately 200,000 short-finned pilot whales worldwide.


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