Almost 200 whales have died on a beach in Tasmania

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Around 230 pilot whales were found stranded on the west coast of Tasmania in Australia on Wednesday.

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Despite the rescue efforts of marine conservation experts, about 200 of the stranded whales have died.

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Brandon Clark, a representative for the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment, said in an interview recording shared with Insider on September 22,

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"We have identified the animals that have the best chances of survival." Clark said only 35 whales were trapped.

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A photo taken on September 21 and released by Tasmania's department of natural resources and environment shows the scale of the crisis, with dozens whales stretching along the beach and just barely covered in water.

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While most of the whales were stranded on Ocean Beach, a number of whales were stranded on a sand flat inside Macquarie Harbour, per a government press release.

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"Those animals that were alive, we kept them comfortable, we provided them whatever shade we could," Clarke said.

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He added that the "surf out there in Ocean Beach" has been "taking its toll" on whales who inhabit Tasmania's west coast.

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