According to news reports out of Tasmania, around 200 pilot whales are dead after 230 of them were found stranded in a remote part of the Australian state. Strangely, it happened two years to the day after Australia’s largest mass stranding event in the same place.
On Wednesday, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania said that the whales were found in Macquarie Harbor. The harbor’s entrance is known as Hell’s Gate because of its shallow depth and obstacles.
After rescuers from the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service arrived on scene, they determined that around half of the pod of whales were still alive. Overnight, however, pounding surf drove that number down to only 35.