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Augusta, 25 maart 2009 – zes van de tien gestrandde grienden die over land naar Flinders Bay vervoerd werden, zijn opnieuw gestrand op 6m van Augusta. Een zevende strandde ten noorden van Hamelin Bay.

Six long-finned pilot whales have been found stranded on a beach  6km east of Augusta and a seventh has been spotted  north of Hamelin Bay.

The Department of Environment and Conservation used one of its fire spotter planes this morning to fly along the coast from Bunbury early this morning. The pilot spotted four whales at 8.15 and a further two at 8.30. The Hamelin Bay animal was sighted just after 9am.

DEC officers are on their way to sites by helicopter and a four wheel drive vehicle.

DEC Information Officer Jason Foster said it was likely the six were part of a pod of 10 whales DEC and volunteers returned to the water at Flinders Bay, south of Augusta, yesterday.

Mr Foster said the condition of the animals was yet to be assessed.

The spotter plane will be used to monitor the coastline throughout the day.

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Update 12:00

Department of Environment and Conservation officers will euthanase four long-finned pilot whales found stranded on a beach 6km east of Augusta this morning.

DEC marine mammal expert Doug Coughran and a veterinarian are expected to arrive at the site just after lunch.

Department of Environment and Conservation officers will euthanase four long-finned pilot whales found stranded on a beach 6km east of Augusta this morning.

DEC marine mammal expert Doug Coughran and a veterinarian are expected to arrive at the site just after lunch.

The whales are among six spotted between 8.15 and 8.30 this morning. Two have been confirmed dead. Of the four survivors, one is in very poor condition and the other three are deteriorating quickly.

The location is along a rugged stretch of coastline and it is impossible to bring in the machinery necessary to attempt a further rescue. There is no area on the beach where a helicopter can land safely so the team will have to use four-wheel-drive motorbikes to access the area from private property.

The whales will be measured and compared with those that were among 10 were returned to the sea yesterday afternoon.

DEC used one of its fire spotter planes this morning to fly along the coast from Bunbury early this morning.

As well as the six whales east of Augusta, three other whales have been sighted stranded  in the Hamelin Bay area. One is at Boranup North Point while two others are further south. One has been attacked by sharks.

Hamelin Bay beach remains closed because of the risk of sharks following Monday’s mass stranding of 90 whales and dolphins. A decision on reopening the beach will be made later this week.

DEC is continuing to monitor the coastline.

bron: Department of Environment and Conservation