Posted by: The ocean update | April 17, 2016

Whale stranded at Boobyalla Beach in state’s North East (Tasmania, Australia)

Rescuers help the whale that was stranded at Boobyalla Beach. Picture: TASMANIA POLICE

Rescuers help the whale that was stranded at Boobyalla Beach. Picture: TASMANIA POLICE

April 17th, 2016 (Jennifer Crawley). A WHALE has died on a remote North East Tasmanian beach despite the efforts of wildlife experts, police and a band of volunteers.

Ringarooma Senior Constable Cameron Salter said police responded to a report of a stranded whale on Boobyalla Beach near Petal Pt at 3.30pm on Saturday.

When first discovered, the 2m long pygmy sperm whale was alive and beached on its side about 100 metres from the water’s edge.

Constable Salter said police and members of the public worked to keep the whale upright, covering it with wet towels and pouring sea water over it.

“They managed to carry the whale on a picnic blanket to the water where they continued to pour sea water over it,’’ he said.

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment staff went to the stranding site on this morning to try to stabilise the mammal and keep it comfortable.

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