270 whales stranded on sandbar off Australia’s Tasmania

270 Some whales on the coast of Australian city

Marine biologists were planning the rescue of around 270 whales stranded on a sandbar off the remote west coast of the Australian island of Tasmania on Monday. Government scientists said it appeared that at least 25 of the animals, believed to be pilot whales, had already died. Pilot whales are a species of oceanic dolphin that grows 7 metres (23 ft) long and can weigh up to 3 tonnes. “While strandings are not uncommon in Tasmania, and while strandings of this scale aren’t (unprecedented), we certainly haven’t had one for…

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World’s last male northern white rhino dies as species faces extinction

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The world’s last male northern white rhino, Sudan, has died after “age-related complications” in Kenya, conservationists looking after his care have announced. A statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy where Sudan lived said the 45-year-old rhino, who was suffering from muscle and bone deterioration and extensive skin wounds, was euthanised on Monday after his condition “worsened significantly”, leaving him unable to stand. The rhino had spent two weeks in late February and early March lying in his pen due to discomfort from a deep wound on his right hind leg. He had been part of an…

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