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Friday, January 30, 2009

No second chance for Tasmanian Pod of Sperm Whales possible

Although I concentrate mostly on Irish Wildlife, I could not let this sad event go quietly.
The fifty Sperm Whales stranded onto a sandbank island off Tasmania, had beached onto a most remote place and rescuers had to organise boats to reach the Whales.

At first, eight of the fifty had still survived on the 23rd of January. These hard conditions in which the Whales found themselves, meant that saving the last eight stranded Cetaceans was impossible.

WildLife Extra reported this also.

But I had found it already on an Australian ABC website. where, when you click on the blue picture, you can see how helpless this large pod is. It is a real sad sight to see so many together. This should be a happy event, seeing them together, but apparently, Tasmania is susceptible to strandings.
Last year a pod of 150 individual Long-finned Pilot Whales came to their death after stranding on the west Tasmanian coast in November. I read an interesting fact somewhere, where it said that these Cetaceans are very social animals and their family bonds are so strong that if one of the family members beaches him/herself the others will follow it in doing this also. I find this hard to understand myself. But then, I am stuck in this human body and mind. I try hard not to try and necessarily think as a Whale perhaps, but am more concerned with the whole pod and how these are living together. We are too much stuck in our way of thinking , where placing yourself in another being is something we are unable to do.

The Long-Finned Pilot Whale is mostly found in colder waters, and the Short finned in warmer waters.
The reason I looked this up was because the idea of Tasmania and mass strandings made me think of the border between warm tropical and Antarctic waters around Tasmania and was wondering if this would have an effect. But then it is about mass strandings in any Whale Species, not necessarily the Long Finned Whales only.


  1. Sorry to hear you've been down in the dumps lately, hopefully the arrival of lighter nights will keep your spirits up, and a Lumix is a nice camera.

    Sad too about the Whales, much research about this over the years ans still no one seems to know why.

  2. Thanks, guys.

    Andrew, you are right in saying muy Lumix is a fine camera! and I miss it terribly.


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