Some 230 whales beached in Tasmania; rescue efforts underway

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About 230 whales have been stranded on Tasmania’s west coast, just days after 14 sperm whales were found beached on an island off the Australian state’s northwestern coast. 

At least half are presumed dead and rescue gear is being assembled. 

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The whales beached two years after the largest mass-stranding in Australia's history was in the same harbor. 

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Local salmon farmer Linton Kringle helped in the 2020 rescue effort and said the latest challenge would be more difficult. 

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"Last time they were actually in the harbor and it's quite calm and we could, sort of, deal with them in there," he says. 

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The whales are a protected species, and interfering with their carcass is an offense in some cases. 

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Fourteen sperm whales were discovered Monday afternoon on King Island in the Bass Strait between Melbourne and Tasmania's northern coast. 

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Whales are a protected species, even once deceased, and it is an offense to interfere with a carcass, environment department says. 

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