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150 whales die in rocky stranding in southern Australia

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More than 150 pilot whales have died after beaching themselves in southern Australia

SYDNEY (AFP) — More than 150 whales have died after beaching themselves in southern Australia, with many sustaining deep cuts after thrashing onto rocks, an official said Monday.

The long-finned pilot whales were discovered trapped on a rocky beach in the remote west coast of Tasmania state on Saturday but early aerial reports suggested that only 72 had died.

Subsequent investigations revealed that many more of the giant animals had perished, Warwick Brennan from the state's Department of Primary Industries and Water said.

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