150 whales beached in Australia

Only 15 whales have survived a mass stranding event in Western Australia

Short-finned pilot whales have been dying en masse, stranded in Hamelin Bay, Australia, with only tens of them still alive.

A commercial fisherman spotted the large number of whales early on Friday morning.

The 15 still-breathing whales were in shallow waters, and rescuers planned to herd them into deeper water by late afternoon, said incident controller Jeremy Chick. Authorities say palliative care will be administered where necessary.

More than 100 volunteers, wildlife personnel and veterinarians arrived at the beach, but rescuers said conditions there and the threat of sharks - enticed by thousands of pounds of flesh - were impeding their efforts.

Parks & Wildlife Service officers are taking DNA samples from the deceased whales in search of clues for why they strand.

The rocky beach terrain, dead whales surrounding the survivors and rough seas were challenging factors in moving the surviving whales, officials said.

A shark alert has been issued by the Fisheries Department as the stranded whales may attract the ocean predators.

Almost 100 volunteers have helped to rescue five whales that became stranded on a West Australian beach.

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The dead animals will be removed from the beach.

The whales were freed by authorities at Hamelin Bay, south of Perth, with the help of vets and more than 100 volunteers, reports the Guardian.

Further complicating the whales' odds is that recently rescued whales tend to beach themselves a second time.

Experts believe standings can occur when whales are sick or injured or make navigational errors along slopping beaches, according to the BBC.

Unfortunately, more than 70% of the whales had died by the morning.

For instance, a series of unusual G. macrorhynchus stranding events coincided with a large-scale military exercise around Taiwan in 2004, the IUCN said.

The Western Australia parks service noted that short-finned pilot whales are particularly susceptible to getting stranded, citing two previous mass beachings that took place nearby in 1984 and 1991.

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