The slaughter of whales in Tasmania

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The slaughter of whales in Tasmania

In Tasmania there is a real massacre of whales: after four days there are over 350 dead specimens, while in the last hours about 90 would have been saved. decomposing will be removed, while some whales, in evident suffering, could be killed.

Rescuers are still working to try to save the pilot whales still alive near the beach of Macquarie Harbor, but the situation is dramatic. Experts said: "There is nothing to indicate that this is due to human causes, this is a natural event.

We know that stranding has occurred throughout history before humans. It is something that happens from the fossil record. up to the present day." It all began last Monday when about 270 whales were found 'stranded' in three locations in the Macquarie Heads area.

Already at that time about one third of the specimens were lifeless. On Wednesday morning, another 200 pilot whales were found dead in an area about 10 kilometers from the first site, with rescuers working day and night to save as many individuals as possible.

In Tasmania there is a real massacre of whales

The rescuers were also forced to kill some whales: "We tried to bring them back out but it is not went well and trying again is not feasible, the most humane thing was to apply euthanasia."

Unfortunately it is a terrible race against time, every minute that passes thins the hope of saving the whales. Rescuers, after testing several methods, have identified a successful rescue technique, which consists of resurfacing and repositioning whales using harnesses attached to boats.

But pilot whales are a very sociable species, so much so that some of the rescued specimens try to return from the herd, although this means certain death. According to experts, it is practically impossible to think "in terms of preparing for these events and stopping them in the future"

In fact, there is no scientific evidence that this phenomenon is caused by man or is a natural event. But we'll get to that later. The most serious precedent of this phenomenon dates back to 1996: on that occasion around 320 pilot whales were found stranded near Dunsborough, on the west coast of Australia.

To find a conspicuous precedent in Tasmania we must instead go up to 1935, when the whales involved were 294. But this time we are faced with an even more serious massacre, as confirmed by the words of Marine Conservation Program biologist Kris Carlyon Meanwhile, the Australian government is trying to develop a plan to dispose of all the whale corpses: according to government officials it will be an operation that will require several days of work to be completed.

The plan under development provides for the carcasses to be towed and loaded onto boats, to then be '' abandoned '' in the water.