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    At least 135 whales beached themselves and died in a mass stranding in Australia

    Updated: March 23, 2018 at 5:29 pm EST  See Comments

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    More than 150 short-finned pilot whales stranded en masse at Hamelin Bay, 10km north of Augusta, in Western Australia.

    About 135 of the whales died after beaching themselves.

    Incident controller Jeremy Chick says the main priority is to ensure the welfare of the remaining live whales.

    “The strength of the animals and the windy and possibly wet weather conditions will affect when and where we attempt to move them out to sea,” he says.

    “The main objectives are to ensure the safety of staff and volunteers as well as the whales’ greatest chance of survival.”

    —Gian De Poloni (@GianDePoloni) March 23, 2018

    A hazard from whale strandings is the possibility of increased shark activity.

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