28 whales found dead in Aus­tralia

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - World/region -

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.

NCDA ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Michael Tucker said this was im­per­a­tive against the back­ground of what he de­scribed as an emerg­ing wor­ry­ing de­vel­op­ment, con­se­quent on de­crim­i­nal­i­sa­tion of pos­ses­sion of two ounces of the drug.

(FP)

Emer­gency Ser­vice try­ing to re­float pi­lot whales.

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