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originally posted by: howtonhawky
A rescue operation began on Friday morning in Hamelin Bay, on the state’s south-western tip, to save the remaining 15, with volunteers and vets trying to keep the surviving short-finned pilot whales alive before deciding when to herd them out to sea. One witness described trying to steer one of the animals out to sea, only to watch it beach itself again.
Most died from what i gather.
Reports say that they would just swim back onto the land.
Only 6 survived.
noaa pilot whales
Did You Know? The longest known dive of a short-finned pilot whale lasted 15 minutes. They are the second largest species in the dolphin family after killer whales. Pilot whales are often involved in mass "strandings" for reasons that are still unclear.