More than 130 dolphin-grind threw themselves on the shore of the Hamelin Bay on the south-west coast of Australia. They were in shallow water and almost all died: about 15 survived, which can be saved if the tide begins.
Dozens of volunteers and employees of nature protection services work on the beach. They water the remaining animals and wrap them in wet towels, and the dead take tests to find out the cause of the mass ejection.
The first 75 dolphins on the coast were discovered by a local fisherman. After the help arrived to the beach, more than 50 individuals were found, most of whom were killed. “The strength of the remaining individuals, strong wind and other weather conditions will show whether we can return them to the sea,” said one of the natural protection officers.
The Department of Environmental Protection warned people about the activity of sharks on the shore and asked to avoid the beach in the near future. All the beaches on the coast will be closed for at least 24 hours.
Not what we were expecting to see on our early morning salmon chase… pushed one out and it turned straight around and beached itself again. #pilotwhales #beachedwhales #pilotwhaleshamelin
About a year ago, in February 2017, more than 400 dolphin-grind fled to the coast of New Zealand and almost immediately died. Those who managed to escape, soon again threw themselves on the same beach. So far, it has not been possible to establish the reasons for this behavior of whales and dolphins.