51 whales dead after mass stranding in Australia

Dozens of pilot whales have died just hours after stranding themselves on a beach in Western Australia, authorities said yesterday.

The 51 long-finned pilot whales were among a pod of almost 100 spotted off Cheynes Beach near Albany, about 400 kilometres (250 miles) southeast of Perth on Tuesday.

The state’s Parks and Wildlife Service said it was working with volunteers to try to save the remaining 46 whales, with plans to guide them to deeper water during the course of the day.

A spokesperson for the organisation said it had been “overwhelmed with hundreds of offers of help” but that it has enough volunteers and the public should “stay away” from the beach.

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