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In this image made from aerial video shows numerous stranded whales along the coastline, near the remote west coast town of Strahan on the island state of Tasmania, Australia. More pilot whales were found stranded on an Australian coast Wednesday, raising the estimated total to almost 500 in the largest mass stranding ever recorded in the country.

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Members of a rescue crew stand with a whale on a sand bar near Strahan, Australia. Around one third of an estimated 270 pilot whales that became stranded on Australia's island state of Tasmania had died as rescuers managed to return 25 to the sea in an ongoing operation.

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In this photo provided by Parks Australia, a humpback whale swims in the ocean in Van Diemen Gulf, Australia. A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after it got lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia.

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Carcass of a whale shark has been found at Sassoon Dock, in Mumbai. Reportedly, the investigation is underway as whale sharks are protected under Schedule 1 of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972 and their killing is a cognisable offense.

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Officials and locals pull the carcass of a male whale shark washed ashore at Aatrangarai in Ramanathapuram district.

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This photo provided by Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari shows an unidentified passenger on a whale-watching cruise pets a 35-foot (11-meter) gray whale that surfaced near the boat off Southern California. The curious whale appeared near the surface of the water near Dana Point, California, the Orange County Register reported.

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Rescuers and volunteers work to successfully return a killer whale to sea near Mar Chiquita, Argentina. Seven killer whales were stranded on the coast before rescuers and volunteers returned six of them to sea, but one died in the process.

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Surfers come to the aid of an injured sperm whale, who then alerted police and animal advocates, in San Bartolo, Peru. The young sperm whale - about four meters long, or 13 feet - had been stranded during the morning hours. It was treated by an ORCA veterinarian and then returned to sea with the help of rescue personnel and surfers.

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A whale is brought to shore to be processed in Kushiro, in the northernmost main island of Hokkaido. Japan is resuming commercial whaling after 31 years, meeting a long-cherished goal seen as a largely lost cause. Japan's six-month notice to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission took effect Sunday.

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A dead whale is shown near shore in Pacifica, California.

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Duat Mai stands atop a dead whale at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. The Marine Mammal Center plans a necropsy to determine what killed the animal.

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Visitors watch white whales make a heart shape with trainers during a show at Haichang Ocean Park in Shanghai, China

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Rescuers attempt to refloat pigmy killer whales after they were transported to Rarawa Beach from Ninety Mile Beach in the far north of the North of New Zealand.

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Rescuers keep two pygmy killer whales wet after they were transported to Rarawa Beach from Ninety Mile Beach after they and eight others were stranded on Sunday, Nov. 25 in the far north of the North of New Zealand.

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Rescuers attempt to refloat pigmy killer whales after they were transported to Rarawa Beach from Ninety Mile Beach in the far north of the North of New Zealand. Conservation workers and volunteers in New Zealand have managed to refloat six stranded whales and are hoping they will soon swim away into deeper water.

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