Whales in Western Australia – level 3

28-03-2018 15:00

A mass beaching of a short finned-pilot whale pod in Western Australia resulted in the death of over 150 whales, and despite the volunteers’ tireless efforts, only five of the animals survived.

However, the lucky five whales may not be out of the woods yet because there is a high chance of restranding. As the animals had been in an extreme situation for hours, they are quite weak and for them to be able to get outside of the off-shore reefs is hard work in itself. The wildlife authorities are on alert to monitor the surviving whales in case they beach again.

Difficult words: pod (a group of whales), out of the woods (out of danger), restranding (stranding – beaching again).

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