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About 230 whales stranded off Tasmania coast, half feared dead

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WARNING: Video contains content that may be disturbing to some viewers. Discretion is advised. Marine conservation experts headed to the Australian state of Tasmania on Wednesday to attempt to rescue a pod of approximately 230 whales, with officials saying only half appeared to be alive. The animals, which appeared to be pilot whales, were stranded on Ocean Beach, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania said in a statement. A team of marine wildlife experts will assess the scene and situation to plan an appropriate response, the department said. Separately, at least 14 sperm whale carcasses were found along a beach of southeastern Australia’s King Island, local authorities announced on Tuesday. According to a spokesperson for Australia's Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the whale carcasses were all young males and already dead when they were first reported on Monday. Experts have been dispatched to the island to investigate the stranding. Authorities are currently looking into how to remove the bodies but they may be left to decompose naturally since the surrounding rocky environment may hamper access of vehicles to tow the carcasses away, local media reported. Similar whale strandings have been reported along the shores of King Island in the past, although the exact reason behind the stranding remains unknown, local media said. For more info, please go to https://globalnews.ca Subscribe to Global News Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/20fcXDc Like Global News on Facebook HERE: http://bit.ly/255GMJQ Follow Global News on Twitter HERE: http://bit.ly/1Toz8mt Follow Global News on Instagram HERE: https://bit.ly/2QZaZIB #GlobalNews #Australia #Whales

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