28 whales found dead in Australia
VICTORIA – Twentyeight whales were found dead in the remote southeast of Australia yesterday following a mass stranding that has baffled experts.
A pilot flying a private plane over Croajingolong National Park in Victoria state spotted 27 pilot whales and one humpback stranded on the beach Tuesday afternoon.
An initial visit by park authorities later that day found eight of the whales were still alive but in a critical state. By the time rangers returned yesterday, all were dead, officials said.
The humpback whale is thought to have died well before the rest in a separate incident.
Gail Wright of Parks Victoria said samples were being taken from the remains to try to understand how the whales came to be stranded.
“It’s one of the great mysteries, we don’t know why this happens,” she told AFP, adding that this was probably the largest stranding in that part of Australia since the early 1980s. KINGSTON – The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) wants state resources to be channelled into interventions that discourage the use of marijuana, particularly among young people in Jamaica.
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Emergency Service trying to refloat pilot whales.