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Whale toll rises to 150

Parks and Wildlife Service staff are rushing to the scene of Tasmania’s second mass whale stranding in as many weeks.

Mmore than 80 long-finned pilot whales have beached themselves at remote Sandy Cape, on the West Coast.

Remote Sandy Cape is famed for its large sand dunes and its proximity to the Tarkine forest, and its rugged, rocky shoreline.

UPDATE: Sadly, all the whales have died after taking a “physical beating on the rocks”.

Department of Primary Industries and Water spokesman Warwick Brennan said the long-finned pilot whales, discovered on a rocky area of coastline near Sandy Cape, died when they were forced into rocks.

Mr Brennan said 30 others were saved from the same fate when one whale began vocally socialising with a pod offshore and was taken further up the beach in an effort to stop those whales from coming in.

They moved on after it died.

UPDATE December 1: On the ground body count finds initial estimate from air of 80 stranded way too low. Latest count is more than 150.