24 Jan 2009

Only two whales still alive after stranding

1:33 pm on 24 January 2009

Only two whales are still alive after a mass beaching of sperm whales on a remote island off north-west Tasmania.

A pod of about 50 beached themselves on Perkins Island on Thursday night.

Marine biologists and Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife staff spent Friday on the island trying to save the seven still alive.

However, two died on Friday afternoon and another three overnight.

More than 150 whales died in a mass beaching at Sandy Cape, also in north-west Tasmania, in November last year.