Video: Seven dead sperm whales found dead on beach in South Australia

Sperm whales have not been seen in this part of Australia for over 25 years

Jack Simpson
Monday 08 December 2014 14:24
Comments
One of the seven dead whales
One of the seven dead whales

Seven sperm whales have been found dead on a beach in South Australia in an extremely rare mass stranding.

The whales were discovered on Parara beach on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia after they found themselves caught in a low tide.

Six of the whales found on the beach were already dead, with another dying as bystanders were unable to save it.

An eighth whale, which was also spotted struggling in the shallow waters, was eventually guided back into deeper water by environment workers.

Another theory is that one of the whales moved into shallower waters due to illness and, keen to help the sick whale, the pod followed.

Samples are to be taken from the whales and tested at the South Australian Museum in an attempt to try and find out why the pod found themselves so close to shore.

According to the South Australian Whale Centre co-ordinator Leah Pippos, the situation is extremely rare and that sperm whales have not been seen in the area of for over 25 years.

Local officials are yet to decide how the whales, which way up to 50 tonnes each, are going to be removed from the beach.

A spokeswoman from the local environment agency has advised locals to avoid swimming too close to the whale carcasses, as the decomposing bodies are likely to attract sharks.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in