At least 28 whales have died after their carcasses were found washed up along the coast of East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia on Nov. 27 and Nov. 28.
Victoria’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks said that 24 of the whales died on Nov. 27, and the remaining four died on Nov. 28.
Marine mammal expert, Kate Charlton-Robb, told Nine News that the beaching, which is the worst in more than 30 years, could be related to seismic activity or illness.
An additional two pilot whales were found beached up approximately 30 km from the coast of East Gippsland on Nov. 28, according to a Parks Victoria. Incident controller Stephen Young said there was no clear evidence to suggest the incident was related to the earlier stranding.
Shark warnings were issued for the area and the Victorian Fisheries Authority is monitoring the area for shark sightings.
People are being warned to avoid the beach and one kilometre offshore.
Incident controller Michael Turner said that there are no plans to remove the whale carcasses.
“The most logical option [is] a natural process will take place, with the tide,” Turner told ABC news.
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