This handout photo taken and received from Brodie Weeding from The Advocate on September 22, 2020 shows rescuers working to save a pod of whales stranded on a beach in Macquarie Harbour on the rugged west coast of Tasmania. - Rescuers faced a race against time to save nearly 200 whales stuck in the remote Australian harbour on September 22, hoping to prevent the toll of 90 dead from rising further after managing to free "a small number" of the stranded mammals. (Photo by Brodie WEEDING / BRODIE WEEDING/THE ADVOCATE / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / BRODIE WEEDING / THE ADVOCATE" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  - NO ARCHIVES (Photo by BRODIE WEEDING/BRODIE WEEDING/THE ADVOCATE/AFP via Getty Images)

470 whales have died in Australia’s worst mass stranding

In Australia around the sandbanks of Macquarie Heads, 470 pilot whales have died, in the worst mass stranding in the country’s history while around 60 rescuers saved 108 whales.

The first wave of about 270 whales were discovered on Monday while the second wave of around 200 whales were spotted a few days later about 7 to 10 kilometers away. According to Australia’s Parks and Wildlife Service, there are no living whales in the harbour now. The authorities plan to dispose off the dead whales in the sea using barges and boats.