The stranded pod was discovered by Tasmanian wildlife authorities on Monday – at the time, half of the group were thought to still be alive.
But as the week progressed, and conditions worsened, the number of survivors began to dwindle.
“Of the 35 whales that survived this morning, we were able to re-swim, rescue and release 32 of them and it’s a fantastic rescue,” Brendan Clarke of the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service told a press conference. is the result.” Friday morning.
Rangers were forced to euthanize one whale that became stranded again on Thursday night and three more whales “remained out of reach due to sea conditions,” Clark said.
“The priority is still to rescue and release the remaining animals and any others that are re-trapped,” he added.
Rescue teams will then proceed to dispose of the bodies in the sea.
“We’re trying to get them as far away as we can,” Clark said. Earlier, a warning was issued to swimmers to avoid the area in case of shark gathering.
The reasons are still unknown.
The phenomenon of whale traps has puzzled marine scientists for decades.
The most stranded were in 2020 when more than 450 pilot whales were found.
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment said on Thursday that “the cause of the whale’s stranding is unknown and cannot be determined”.
His experts are currently “conducting a post-mortem investigation” into the latest stranding.