Four sperm whales that stranded on Yanchen Beach in China's Jiangsu province died.
At 6am Friday the whales were found alive on the beach of Xintan Salt Field, but died despite human rescue efforts, a spokesman with the city government advised.
On Saturday morning, the whales were confirmed to have died as there were no vital signs, a senior animal researcher, Xu Xinrong from the Nanjing Normal University advised.
This was the second incident of mass stranding of whales in China. The first, in 1985 when six whales died after stranding in Fujian province.
The whales weight ranged between 20 to 40 tonnes.
The carcasses were guarded by local fisheries and border control departments pending the authorities decision on disposal.
Further photos can be found here at news.xinhuanet.com.
We are thrilled to announce that we have had confirmed sightings of Humpback whales off the mid north coast of NSW over the past week.
If you do happen to sight a whale, or any marine mammal, please let us know on 02 9415 3333.
Happy whale watching everyone - look forward to seeing lots of wonderful photos this season!
Upon the invitation of NPWS Nowra, a small number of members recently attended an Incident Management Systems workshops together with Department of Defence and Booderee National Park representatives. This was a very informative course that will enable us all to use one organisational structure at incidents.