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Friday, 23 March 2018 - 18:55
Over 130 whales die on Western Australia beach
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One hundred and thirty-five whales have died after being washed ashore in Western Australia.
 
A rescue operation began this morning (Mar. 23) in Hamelin Bay, on the state’s south-western tip, to save the remaining 15.
 
Volunteers and vets were trying to keep the surviving short-finned pilot whales alive before deciding when to herd them out to sea.
 
Authorities have also issued a shark alert, warning people to stay away from the area.
 
"It is possible the dead and dying animals will act as an attractant, which could lead to sharks coming close into shore along this stretch of coast," the state's fisheries department said in a statement.
 
Short-finned pilot whales usually measure up to 5m (16ft) and are found in tropical and sub-tropical waters, according to officials.
 
Scientists do not know exactly what causes whales to beach themselves.





(Inputs from BBC & The Guardian)
 
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