23 January 2009

Beached whales

Rangers tried to keep seven stranded whales alive Friday off Tasmania, Australia’s, coast. A crew poured water on the whales, the only survivors out of 45 that were beached Thursday. Wildlife officials hoped to return the mammals to sea at high tide. (European Pressphoto Agency/National Parks and Wildlife Service)
Whale beaching is a sad topic deserving of a more detailed discussion in the future.

And a sad update: all 45 whales died, presumably of heatstroke.

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