sydney - Australian rescue workers are doing their utmost to save dozens of whales stranded on the west coast. It involves about 150 short-finned pilot whales, about half of whom are already dead.
The whales stranded in Hamelin Bay, 315 kilometers south of Perth, the capital of the state of Western Australia. According to the authorities, rescue workers are still trying to bring back about 50 animals on the beach and 25 in shallow water back to the sea.
It is not uncommon for whales to strand on the coast as they migrate from the nutrient-rich waters in the Arctic to the northern warmer seas to raise their young. But the number of 150 animals is exceptionally large.
The locals and tourists have been warned not to go into the water, because the dead whales can attract sharks.