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Australian researchers tried this Wednesday (09.21.2022) to determine the causes for 14 young male sperm whales to die stranded on a remote beach in the state of Tasmania.

The 14 whales were discovered stranded this week on King Island, off the north coast of Tasmania.

Biologists and a veterinarian from the state environmental agency traveled to the island to investigate the case. An aerial survey found no more stranded whales.

The death of the cetaceans could be a case of “misadventure”, wildlife biologist Kris Carlyon, of the state government’s environmental agency, told the local Mercury newspaper.

“The most common cause for these events is a misadventure, they could have gone inshore for food, there may be food and possibly they got caught in a low tide,” Carlyon explained. “That’s the theory at the moment,” she added.

Cause of mass stranding is a mystery

He said the whales could have washed up on the beach on Sunday before being found on Monday.

He noted that a mass stranding of whales is “rare but certainly not unexpected” in the region.

In 2020, the largest recorded stranding in Australia occurred in Tasmania, when 470 whales were trapped in the west of the state.

More than 300 pilot whales died in that event, despite the efforts of dozens of volunteers who worked for days in the icy waters off Tasmania to free them.

The cause of the massive whale strandings is a mystery, but some experts believe the 2020 pod may have been lost after feeding near shore or following a whale or two that strayed.

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mg (afp, AP)