A total of 15 dead whales, out of around 350 that were stranded in a bay on the island of Tasmania, were buried at sea on Friday, as seen from Macquarie Harbour, western Tasmania.
The mass stranding, which was described as Australia's worst stranding on record, prompted a rescue operation which also resulted in 108 surviving whales being released back into the sea.
The carcasses could be seen being towed by vessels into the sea, while many others remained ashore, as the authorities ascertain the viability of the sea disposal solution.
The rescue operation is expected to take several days. According to reports, a mass stranding of this size has not been seen in some 10 years in Tasmania.
Mandatory credit: Matthew Newton/DPIPWE.