Australians race to save stranded whales

  • Rescue efforts to save whales stranded on a sandbar at Macquarie Harbour, near Strahan, Tasmania, September 22. Rescuers are racing to free a 270-strong pod of pilot whales marooned on a sandbar off the remote west coast of Tasmania in one of...MORE

    Rescue efforts to save whales stranded on a sandbar at Macquarie Harbour, near Strahan, Tasmania, September 22. Rescuers are racing to free a 270-strong pod of pilot whales marooned on a sandbar off the remote west coast of Tasmania in one of...MORE

  • A pod of whales is seen stranded on a sandbar at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, September 21. Government scientists said about 90 of the 270-strong pod of pilot whales have died since they were spotted from the air in shallow water off the rugged...MORE

    A pod of whales is seen stranded on a sandbar at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, September 21. Government scientists said about 90 of the 270-strong pod of pilot whales have died since they were spotted from the air in shallow water off the rugged...MORE

  • Rescue efforts to save whales stranded on a sandbar at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, September 22. More than 60 people are involved in the rescue effort, including local fishermen and volunteers. They wore wetsuits and were working in shifts to...MORE

    Rescue efforts to save whales stranded on a sandbar at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, September 22. More than 60 people are involved in the rescue effort, including local fishermen and volunteers. They wore wetsuits and were working in shifts to...MORE

  • A pod of whales stranded on a sandbar at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, September 21. AAP Image/The Advocate Pool, Brodie Weeding via REUTERS

    A pod of whales stranded on a sandbar at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, September 21. AAP Image/The Advocate Pool, Brodie Weeding via REUTERS

  • Rescue efforts to save whales stranded on a sandbar at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, Australia, September 22. AAP Image/The Advocate Pool, Brodie Weeding via REUTERS

    Rescue efforts to save whales stranded on a sandbar at Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania, Australia, September 22. AAP Image/The Advocate Pool, Brodie Weeding via REUTERS

  • Stranded pilot whales are seen in Macquarie Heads, Tasmania, Australia, September 21. RYAN BLOOMFIELD/via REUTERS

    Stranded pilot whales are seen in Macquarie Heads, Tasmania, Australia, September 21. RYAN BLOOMFIELD/via REUTERS

  • Whale rescue efforts take place at Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania, September 22. Bilal Rashid via REUTERS

    Whale rescue efforts take place at Macquarie Harbour in Tasmania, September 22. Bilal Rashid via REUTERS

  • A dead pilot whale calf lies on the beach in Macquarie Heads, Tasmania, September 22. Bilal Rashid via REUTERS

    A dead pilot whale calf lies on the beach in Macquarie Heads, Tasmania, September 22. Bilal Rashid via REUTERS

  • Stranded whales on a sandbar in Macquarie Heads, Tasmania, September 21. Tasmania Police/via REUTERS

    Stranded whales on a sandbar in Macquarie Heads, Tasmania, September 21. Tasmania Police/via REUTERS