Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service confirms 367 whale carcasses removed from Macquarie Harbour

Hundreds of whale carcasses removed from Macquarie Harbour

The Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service has removed hundreds of whale carcasses from Macquarie Harbour.

Following the largest mass stranding of whales in Australian history, rescue and recovery crews have been working to save surviving whales and dispose of the dead.

Favourable tides at the weekend allowed for the removal of 55 more carcasses, which were towed out to sea and are expected to sink and decompose.

Incident Controller and PWS Officer Alex Bradley said retrieval and removal of the remaining whale carcases from Macquarie Harbour has been the primary focus of the work crews over the last few days.

"A total of 111 animals were rescued and returned to open water thanks to the coordinated efforts of DPIPWE staff, commercial fishing companies, trained volunteers and the wider Strahan community."

"As of today, a total of 367 deceased whales have been disposed of offshore."

He said coastal patrols will now be carried out by PWS staff as required to monitor and inspect any additional carcasses that may wash up with the tides over coming days.

Ocean Beach will remain closed to vehicles and dogs until Friday 9th October.

The public is asked to obey all signage in the area and to stay clear of any beached animals and reminded that it is an offense to interfere with or possess any part of the deceased whales.

Please report any new sightings to the Whale Hotline on 0427 WHALES.

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