~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Tue, 24 Feb 98 13:39:00 GMT From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: High Seas Stall Whale Rescue High Seas Stall Whale Rescue HOBART, Australia (AP) -- Strong waves stalled attempts today to rescue 35 sperm whales stranded on a beach in Australia. The pod is the second in less than three weeks to have become stuck in the island state of Tasmania. The whales beached themselves today at Marrawah, on the northwestern tip of Tasmania, state Parks and Wildlife Service biologist Hans Wapstra said. High seas, whipped by winds gusting above 50 knots, made the attempt too hazardous tonight, rangers said. Rangers will try to keep the whales comfortable on the beach overnight in hopes a rescue operation can be mounted Friday, Coles said. Earlier this month, 65 sperm whales were stranded at Ocean Beach, midway down Tasmania's west coast. Only three of them survived after a huge rescue effort lasting several days.