A flock of whales washed ashore in Macquarie harbor, Tasmania
A small flock of four whales washed ashore in Macquarie Harbor, Tasmania, just weeks after the massive whale kills at the same location.
This came after about 470 whales were sighted on sandbanks in Macquarie Harbor in late September, the largest landfall in Australia.
After a week of rescue efforts, only 111 people were saved, leaving authorities with the dire task of disposing of more than 350 corpses.
Stranded whales most often die from dehydration. Animals have a very thick layer of fat that keeps them warm in deep-sea temperatures but causes them to overheat quickly near the surface.
A stranded whale can also be crushed to death by its own weight.