Over 10 whales have passed away after a herd got stranded against a rocky breakwater in the south of Perth, Australia.

Despite efforts to return the more than 20 stranded long-finned pilot whales back into the water, 12 of them have died.

The nature conservation leader of the Parks and Wildlife Department, Kim Williams, confirmed in a statement that 12 whales have died, 6 have already been rescued and they are working on rescuing the remaining 4.

“This afternoon’s efforts have focussed on the rescue of four remaining whales that were stranded in the shallows, and they were pulled out to sea using a sling and boats,” Williams said.

“Unfortunately one of these whales has re-stranded and is being taken out to deeper water again, while the other three are not swimming strongly and there is a chance they will also re-strand.”


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