200 pilot whales perish on Australian beach
The Korea Times Co.
HOBART (AFP) — About 200 pilot whales have perished after stranding themselves on an exposed, surf-swept beach on the rugged west coast of Tasmania, Australian rescuers said Thursday. Just 35 of the approximately 230 beached whales are still alive, according to state wildlife services, who described a tough battle ahead to rescue survivors. Aerial images from the scene revealed dozens of glossy, black mammals strewn along Ocean Beach, stuck on the waterline where the frigid southern ocean meets the sand. Locals covered some of the creatures with blankets and doused them with buckets of sea water to keep them alive until more help arrived.