14 Nov '11, 6am

22 beached sperm whales die in Australia, 2 struggling to live

22 beached sperm whales die in Australia, 2 struggling to live

Rescuers were racing against the clock on Monday to save two huge sperm whales stranded on a Tasmanian sandbank after 22 others died, the Parks and Wildlife Service said. -- PHOTO: AFP SYDNEY (AFP) - Rescuers were racing against the clock on Monday to save two huge sperm whales stranded on a Tasmanian sandbank after 22 others died, the Parks and Wildlife Service said. Marine mammal specialists were on site in Macquarie Harbour at Strahan on Tasmania's north-west coast, but it was proving to be a slow process. Twenty-two of the whales weighing two tonnes and up to 12-metres- (40-feet-) long washed ashore on Saturday at Ocean Beach near Strahan and all of them died. Four others came into the harbour and stranded themselves on a sandbank. Two were successfully refloated and swam back out to sea but two remained stuck. Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by D...

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