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For unknown reasons off the coast of Tasmania mass killing whales

November 23 2008

In shallow waters off the north-western coast of Tasmania, killing 53 whales, pilot whale, only 11 mammals were rescued. In the operation to rescue marine animals attended by some 60 volunteers and 15 employees of the national park.

In specially equipped trucks large sea animals were transported to the area of Godfreys, 17 km south of the place where they washed ashore. During transport is one of the whale was killed - the rest were released into the sea.

According to the representative of the Environment Chris Arthur, a significant portion of stranded animals were females and their cubs. The length of adults exceed 3 meters. "To prevent their return to the shallows to some whales was implanted beacon by which we can track the migration of the pack" - said the expert.

Scientists still do not know what causes marine mammals from time to time to leave his native element. On this account, there are many theories, but this phenomenon remains a subject of scientific dispute. In general, Tasmanian cases of "suicide" of whales is very typical. For hundreds of years, they are jumping in shallow water, where due to lack of water killed, Vesti reports.

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