What is the largest stranding that has occurred in Tasmania?
- How many - 294
- Where - Stanley
- When - 15/10/1935
- Species – long-finned pilot whales
When was the last larger stranding?
- How many - 170
- Where - King Island
- When - 1/3/2009
- Species - long-finned pilot whales
What have been the top 5 strandings in Tasmania?
|Stanley||15 October 1935||294||long-finned pilot whale|
|Marion Bay||17 October 1998||216||long-finned pilot whale|
|Marion Bay||22 December 1955||200||long-finned pilot whale|
|Marian Bay||18 February 1975||200||long-finned pilot whale|
|Seymour||16 September 1992||197||long-finned pilot whale|
Tasmanian Stranding events on record (1802-2020)
- How many events – around 700 – single and mass stranding
- How many individual animals - over 6652 recorded individuals
What are the most common species for mass stranding?
Of the above:
|Common Dolphin||Delphinus delphis||239|
|Bottlenose dolphin||Tursiops truncatus||151|
|Sperm whale||Physeter macrocephalus||103|
|Long-finned pilot whale||Globicephala melas||102|
|Pygmy right whale||Caperea marginata||101|
- common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales and pilot whales are common mass stranders due to living in social groups
- Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and Pygmy right whale (Caperea marginate) strandings are often single/low number stranding events
- Dolphins are commonly involved in single/low number stranding events as well as mass stranding events.
Are there any patterns for pilot whale strandings?
Strandings commonly occur on low profile sandy spits. Macquarie Heads at the entrance to Macquarie Harbour is a known stranding hot spot for Long-fined pilot whales, Sperm whales and Bottle-nosed dolphins.