Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

At Least 24 Whales Dead In Devastating Gippsland Stranding

More Than 140 Whales Die After Mass Stranding in New Zealand Nearly 30 whales stranded on remote Victorian beach
Kristen Harrington | 30 November, 2018, 10:50

None of the 28 whales stranded on a beach in Australia's Victoria state are expected to survive, in the latest major beaching amid the animals' annual migration in the Southern Hemisphere, said environmental authorities on Wednesday.

Twenty-seven pilot whales stranded themselves at Croajingolong National Park in East Gippsland, where a dead humpback whale, separate to the pod, also washed onto the same shore.

Four pilot whales had clung to life overnight before experts were flown in by helicopter on Wednesday to assess the mammals before died naturally and two were euthanised.

According to Ren Leppens, DOC Rakiura's operations manager, half of the whales already died by the time the DOC arrived at the scene.

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New Zealand's Department of Conservation has released heartbreaking footage showing dozens of pilot whales sprawled helplessly in Mason Bay on the west coast of Stewart Island.

The control centre would alert people who had registered to do the park's Wilderness Coast Walk that the whale carcasses would remain there, the spokeswoman said.

Turner urged the public not to attempt to visit the hard-to-reach site.

People have been advised not to swim in the area due to heightened risk of sharks and signs will be placed at entry points along the beach warning visitors and locals of the carcasses.

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Commenting on this, Mrs May said: "If you look at the Labour Party's amendment, it doesn't put forward a concrete alternative". He added: "On the current deal, we couldn't support the current deal, we couldn't support that".

"We don't want people in there, we've got some work to do there today and obviously it could be quite a unsafe area".

"We wanted to remove the carcasses from the beach as they were very close to the Mallacoota township, the odour could have been very strong, and there are hazards associated with contacting carcasses", incident controller Stephen Young said.

"The most logical option would be to let the natural tidal process take care of it".

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President Donald Trump wearing a diaper in front of Congress in Buenos Aires, Argentina , Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Opponents to the G20 summit carry a giant inflatable doll depicting U.S.

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