Subject: Stranding:54 Sperm Whales Beached in Tas (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Thu, 5 Feb 1998 09:38:35 -0500 (EST)


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Date: Thu,  5 Feb 98 13:03:00 GMT 
Subject: 54 Sperm Whales Beached in Tas

54 Sperm Whales Beached in Tasmania

   SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- A pod of 54 sperm whales beached
themselves Tuesday in western Tasmania, and rescue workers told
local media that none was expected to survive.
   The whales, some weighing up to 50 tons, swam aground in the
shallows at Ocean Beach near Strachan, according to a radio report.
   Conservation officials said they were too heavy to move, and
urged volunteers to stay back.
   It is not known why whales beach themselves periodically, but
when one or two do, the whole pod often follows.