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Topic : Around 200 stranded whales die in pounding surf in Australia
2022호 9면
 
TITLE : Around 200 stranded whales die in pounding surf in Australia

Around 200 stranded whales die in pounding surf in Australia



Around 200 stranded whales die in pounding surf in Australia - BH



 


A day after 230 whales were found stranded on the wild and remote west coast of Australia’s island state of Tasmania, only 35 were still alive despite rescue efforts that were to continue Thursday.

 

Half the pod of pilot whales stranded in Macquarie Harbour were presumed to still be alive on Wednesday, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania said.

 

But pounding surf took a toll overnight, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service manager Brendon Clark said.

 

“We’ve triaged the animals yesterday as part of the preliminary assessment and we’ve identified those animals that had best chance of survival of the approximately 230 that stranded. Today’s focus will be on rescue and release operations,” Clark told reporters at nearby Strahan.

 

“We’ve got approximately 35 surviving animals out on the beach ... and the primary focus this morning will be on the rescue and release of those animals,” Clark added.

 

The whales beached two years to the day after the largest mass-stranding in Australia’s history was discovered in the same harbor.

 

About 470 long-finned pilot whales were found on Sept. 21, 2020, stuck on sandbars. After a weeklong effort, 111 of those whales were rescued but the rest died.

 


Source: https://apnews.com/article/science-australia-whales-tasmania-climate-and-environment-c941a1e849d8e7332eaa9cf334304938

 

 

Comprehension

Where were the whales found stranded?
How many whales were stranded in Tasmania?
How many were still alive?
When did the largest mass-stranding in Australia’s history happen?
How many long-finned pilot whales were found at that time?
How many were rescued?

Discussion

What are your thoughts about this news?
Have you heard the same case in your country?
Have you seen whales or dolphins?
How important is the rescue operation for these stranded whales?
If you witness this incident, what would you do?
How would you protect whales?

Vocabulary

stranded - unable to leave somewhere because of a problem
pod - A group of dolphin
triage - prioritization of patient care (or victims during a disaster) based on illness/injury, severity, prognosis, and resource availability.
take a toll - have an adverse effect, especially so as to cause damage, suffering, or death.
pounding surf - 'sledge hammer' effect of tonnes of water crashing against cliffs.