By Australian Associated Press
Published: 23:11 BST, 21 September 2020 | Updated: 05:39 BST, 22 September 2020
Dozens of pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a sandbar on Tasmania's West Coast.
Rescuers have been desperately trying to save the pod of 270 whales who became became stuck on Monday morning.
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service's Nic Deka said progress has been slow, with conditions and the half-submerged whales making rescue efforts tricky.
The desperate rescue effort continues to save a massive pod of whales (pictured) who became stranded on a sandbar at Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania on Monday morning
About one third of the whales had already died as of Monday evening and most were inaccessible by boat.
'This morning's phase will be critical in determining what is possible,' he told reporters on Tuesday.
'Basically we'll take the animals with the best chance to start with and the ones that we are able to deal with.
'Some animals may be simply too big or in an unsuitable location.'
Mr Deka said about one third of the whales had already died as of Monday evening and most were inaccessible by boat.