Macquarie Heads Whale Stranding - September 2022

Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) staff, volunteers and local aquaculture company personnel are continuing to respond to a whale stranding on Tasmania’s West Coast.

On Wednesday 21 September about 230 pilot whales were reported stranded in Strahan. 

​​​​Safety information

Members of the public are asked to keep their distance while rescue efforts are under way. 

Whales are large animals and even small movements can cause injury. ​


NRE Tas would like to thank those who have offered assistance during the stranding, however we currently have enough resources to respond appropriately.

If assistance is required, the department is able to call on volunteers who have had specialised training in whale strandings to undertake the work safely.


For the latest media releases, audio from press conferences, and images please follow the link below to the NRE Tas Google Drive:

For any media queries in relation to the whale stranding, please contact 

Aerial view of mass whale stranding near Macquarie Heads

Aerial view of mass whale stranding near Macquarie Heads 21 Sept 2022​


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