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Australië, 24 maart 2009 – 11 grienden die naar dieper water gebracht werden, keerden terug naar het strand.

Eleven whales are resisting efforts to save them, heading back towards shore after being helped into deeper water off Western Australia.

More than 70 long-finned pilot whales and dolphins died on Monday after stranding themselves at Hamelin Bay, south of Margaret River.

On Tuesday, trucks transported 11 survivors to the calmer side of Cape Leeuwin, the southernmost tip of Western Australia, where up to 180 volunteers and wildlife officers helped them back out to sea.

“The situation’s really fluid at the moment … they’re sort of moving in and out,” Department of Environment and Conservation spokeswoman Laura Sinclair said.

“It’s not unexpected for this to happen, it has happened before in other situations.

“There is a likelihood that if … one comes back in the others will follow it.

“So we’re obviously trying to do our best in terms of guiding the whales back out again and we’re using jet-skis, surfboards and boats to try and do that.”

The department’s marine mammal expert Doug Coughran said the marine environment was challenging.

“We’re in an area that’s basically like a corral, there’s an outer reef, and a small gap to get them through,” he told ABC radio.

A total of 92 long-finned whales and five dolphins were involved in the stranding.

Eight, including four dolphins, were pushed back out to sea on Monday.

The department has closed beach areas from Hamelin Bay to Boranup North Point while carcasses are cleared.

bron: Sydney Morning Herald