Tragedy as around 90 pilot whales die after becoming stranded on a sandbar off ...

Tragedy as around 90 pilot whales die after becoming stranded on a sandbar off Tasmania - with 180 more left fighting for life Pod of 270 pilot whales became stranded on a sandbar on Tasmania's west coast  The whales are spread across two sandbars and a beach at Macquarie Heads  Early morning rescue mission launched on Tuesday with outward-going tide 

By Australian Associated Press

Published: 23:11 BST, 21 September 2020 | Updated: 05:39 BST, 22 September 2020

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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

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.

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.

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