Rare whales death mystery
18th February 2003
THE discovery of two rare whales dead on a Tasmanian beach has sparked a scientific search for answers.
Two rare whales are to become part of museum collection
The pygmy sperm whales were found yesterday morning on Carlton Beach, south-east of Hobart, after being spotted rolling in the surf by a passerby.
The sub-adult male and female, each weighing about 150kg, were dead by the time parks and wildlife staff arrived.
Nature Conservation Branch senior marine biologist Rosemary Gales said it was only the third time in about 100 years the species had been reported in Tasmanian waters.
Sightings were more common in northern New Zealand and off the West Australian coast.