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The 194 pilot whales and half a dozen bottlenose dolphins became stranded on Naracoopa Beach on the island, which lies between Tasmania and the mainland, on Sunday evening.
Chris Arthur, of Tasmania's Parks and Wildlife Service, said 54 whales and seven dolphins were still alive when the rescue effort began.
By Monday evening, 48 animals had been returned to the sea by officials and local volunteers.
The whales were saved by trenches dug in the sand that allowed water to surround them, as volunteers doused the animals with water and draped them in wet fabric to keep cool.
Groups of volunteers used stretchers to lug dolphins into the shallows, and other officials used small boats and a jet ski to pull whales out to sea.