stranded pilot whales
ABC: David Reilly

Eleven pilot whales that survived a mass stranding in Tasmania that killed 53 others have been returned to the ocean thanks to a well-coordinated rescue effort, involving 60 volunteers and 15 government officers. The 64 dolphins were a pod of mother and calves. Satellite tracking devices had been placed on some of the whales and a reconnaissance plane would undertake a flight on Monday to check their progress.

stranded pilot whales
ABC: David Reilly
stranded pilot whales
Photo from AP Photo by Rachael Alderman

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