sperm whales mass stranding in tasmania

There has been a mass stranding of 20 sperm whales on Tasmania’s west coast, with only four whales stuck in shallow water believed to still be alive.

Source: The Mercury

A similar stranding occurred in Italy in December 2009 and several young male sperm whales died.

Further reading on the Tasmania mass stranding: The Mercury, q13fox, ABC News, The Telegraph, Perth Now

Further reading on the Italian Mass stranding:

Bearzi G., Pierantonio N., Bonizzoni S., Notarbartolo di Sciara G., Demma M. 2010. Perception of a cetacean mass stranding in Italy: the emergence of compassion. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 20:644-654.

Bearzi G., Pierantonio N., Affronte M., Holcer D., Maio N., Notarbartolo di Sciara G. 2011. Overview of sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus mortality events in the Adriatic Sea, 1555–2009. Mammal Review 41(4):276–293.

Frantzis A., Airoldi A., Notarbartolo di Sciara G., Johnson C., Mazzariol S. 2011. Inter-basin movements of Mediterranean sperm whales provide insight into their population structure and conservation. Deep-Sea Research I 58:454–459

Mazzariol S., Di Guardo G., Petrella A., Marsili L., Fossi C.M., et al. 2011. Sometimes Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) Cannot Find Their Way Back to the High Seas: A Multidisciplinary Study on a Mass Stranding. PLoS ONE 6(5): e19417. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019417

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