It was just a week ago that 64 pilot whales stranded together in a Tasmanian beach. Volunteers worked hard but they managed to save only eleven of themand. The worst part is that it appears that they were just the vanguard. Two days ago, 30st November, nearly 150 long-finned pilot whales beached themselves in a rocky Tasmanian reef, known as Sandy Cape, and died. When they were discovered many of them were suffering serious injuries from jagged rocks and the sea was red of their blood. 30 whales that had been trapped in shallow water were led to open waters by rescuers using small boats, unfortunately for the other 150 whales it was too late. It has been the worst whale stranding in the last twenty years. One of the hypothesis is that this strandings are due to submarine earthquakes that dazed pilot whales orientation system.
The only good news is that the satellite tracking devices that were mounted on 5 of the 11 whales that survived last week stranding are sending data that shows that the whales are well and out of danger as you can see in the map below which shows their route.