The pilot whales have been discovered Wednesday stranded on an uncovered seashore alongside the coast of Tasmania.
Rescue efforts are ongoing to save lots of the remaining whales.
“We are primarily focused this morning on really getting into that rescue operation and getting [the whales] released,” Brendon Clark of the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service advised the Australia Broadcasting Company on Thursday.
“We are conscious that some of them may re-beach themselves and so we’ll be monitoring that.”
Rescuers had beforehand estimated that about half of the whales have been nonetheless alive.
That is the second mass stranding of whales to have taken place in Tasmania this week after greater than a dozen sperm whales, principally younger males and believed to be a part of the identical bachelor pod, have been discovered useless on one other seashore.
Instances of whale strandings have baffled marine scientists for many years.
Tasmania’s largest stranding was in 2020 when greater than 450 pilot whales have been discovered.