Hundreds of whales beached in Australia mass stranding, officials say at least half presumed alive

A pod of 230 pilot whales were stranded on Ocean Beach in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania. At least half the whales presumed to still be alive, a team from the Marine Conservation Program was heading to the area with whale rescue gear. It comes two days after 14 sperm whales were found stranded on an island off the state’s northwestern coast. The pilot whale often travels in groups and is known for stranding in mass numbers, for reasons that are still unclear, according to NOAA Fisheries.

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