Only about 35 of the marine mammals remained alive out of the 230 found a day earlier.
Just 35 of the approximately 230 whales discovered on the beach on the rugged west coast of Tasmania are alive and rescuers are trying to release the animals into the water, officials say.
More than a dozen young male sperm whales die on a remote beach in Tasmania state, officials say, with a biologist linking the incident to "misadventure".
New Zealand’s Department of Conservation said the pod of 49 long-finned pilot whales was found at Farewell Spit, about 90 kilometres north of South Island’s tourist town of Nelson.
New Zealand Department of Conservation said several pilot whales stranded and died on the country’s North Island.
An estimated 470 whales were discovered beached on the shore and sand bars along the remote island state of Tasmania. Veterinary teams are assessing a few more distressed whales for more mercy killings "based on animal welfare grounds."
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