Once the whales are "re-floated", they are guided back into deeper waters. The whales got stuck on a sandbank in Tasmania, southern Australia. In Australia, several stranded pilot whales will be euthanised as it is "the most humane thing to do" IANS. This would have been one big group offshore,” he said. Tasmania is the only part of Australia prone to mass strandings, although they occasionally occur on the Australian mainland. “It’s really likely this was the one stranding event of a big group. EU sets out plans in case Brexit trade talks fail, First execution of Trump's final days to go ahead, How everyday life has changed in Wuhan. In 1996, 320 pilot whales washed up on the coast of Western Australia, in what was then reported to be the country’s biggest mass stranding. More pilot whales were found stranded on an Australian coast Wednesday, Sept. 23, raising the total to almost 500 in the largest mass stranding ever … HOBART, Australia — More pilot whales were found stranded in Australia on Wednesday, raising the estimated total to nearly 500, including 380 that have died, in the largest mass stranding ever recorded in the country. Scientists believe there are about one million long-finned and 200,000 short-finned pilot whales worldwide. The latest stranding is the first involving more than 50 whales in Tasmania since 2009. Several pilot whales currently stranded off the west coast of Australia's Tasmania will be euthanised as they cannot be saved, officials said on Thursday. Read about our approach to external linking. New Pilot whale study reveals copycat calls to outsmart predators New Curtin University research has found southern Australian long-finned pilot whales are able to mimic the calls of its natural predator and food rival – the killer whale, as a possible ploy to outsmart it. Tasmania's last worst stranding was in 1935, with 294 dead pilot whales. The long-finned pilot whale prefers slightly cooler waters than the short-finned, and is divided into two populations. They were among 380 whales that had died overall, 30 that were alive but stranded and 50 that had been rescued since Tuesday, Deka said. Since Monday, hundreds of long-finned pilot whales have been found beached on Tasmania's west coast. Pilot whales are very social and need to be taken far enough away from the main group that they don’t turn around and go back. More pilot whales were found stranded in Australia on Wednesday, raising the estimated total to nearly 500, including 380 that have died, in the largest mass stranding ever recorded in the country. This aerial video image shows numerous whales stranded along the coast on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, near the remote west coast town of Strahan in the island state of Tasmania, Australia. Australia’s largest mass stranding had previously been 320 pilot whales near the Western Australia state town of Dunsborough in 1996. The pilot whales washed up on sand spits in the sea around an area called Macquarie Heads. .css-gw44ni-IconContainer{display:inline-block;height:1em;width:1em;vertical-align:-0.125em;margin-right:0.25em;}play.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link{color:inherit;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{color:#696969;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited{-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:hover,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link:focus,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited:focus{color:#B80000;-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:link::after,.css-1hlxxic-PromoLink:visited::after{content:'';position:absolute;top:0;right:0;bottom:0;left:0;z-index:2;}Hundreds of whales stranded off the coast of Tasmania. Dead pilot whale calves lie on the beach in Macquarie Heads, Tasmania, Australia, September 22,2020 in a picture obtained from social media. 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