October 25, 2005

Boneyard lives up to its name

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Writing in The Age, Andrew Darby, sums up another sad day for Tasmanian wildlife:

Another season, another row of streamlined whales, stiff and lifeless beside a surf break known as Boneyard. And there’s still little understanding why.

A herd of about 70 pilot whales came to grief on a rocky shore near Marion Bay, east of Hobart, yesterday. About 10 that were still alive were rescued.

The stranding confirmed the area’s reputation as a trouble spot for pilot whales, which are normally deep ocean dwellers.

Last December at nearby Maria Island, 53 of the animals beached - one of three mass strandings within 24 hours in Tasmania and New Zealand that killed 160.

Seven years ago to the week, 204 pilot whales stranded at Marion Bay, and 110 died.

Photo: Peter Mathew

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