Whales Strand – level 2

29-09-2020 07:00

Australia experienced the worst mass stranding of whales in its history. Mass stranding is a situation when whales or dolphins get stuck on a beach or in shallow water.

Mass stranding happens quite often in Tasmania; however, scientists do not know why. Tasmania is the only part of Australia that experiences mass stranding regularly.

This time, 500 pilot whales stranded, and rescuers saved 50 whales. Rescuers did all that they could to save even more whales; however, it was very difficult to get the animals back in the water.

A marine scientist said that pilot whales are very social animals. It is possible that some whales choose the wrong way, and the others follow them.

Difficult words: stuck (unable to move), strand (when a boat or a sea animal ends up in shallow water, and it cannot get back in deeper water), social (when someone or something enjoys being with others or lives in groups).

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