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A pod of whales swimming off the Western Australian coast have stranded themselves on a distant seaside.

About 70 long-finned pilot whales had been noticed perilously near the shore of Cheynes Seashore, 60 kilometres east of Albany, on Tuesday morning.

Officers from the Division of Biodiversity, Conservation and Sights held considerations for the pod’s welfare as they encroached nearer to the shore all through the day.

Footage shared by the Cheynes Seashore Caravan Park confirmed a big stretch of the shoreline lined with the whales shortly earlier than 4pm.

Park proprietor Allan Marsh steered killer whales within the space could have induced the social animals to cluster nearer to shore in defensive mode.

Spouse Joanne mentioned she had by no means seen something prefer it within the 23 years they’d lived close by.

Different wildlife specialists speculated the uncommon behaviour could possibly be an indicator of stress.

Residents have gathered on the seaside to attempt to help the whales.

WA Parks and Wildlife Service has requested the general public to not strategy the seaside or the pod as wildlife officers handle the incident.

“We ask the general public to maintain their distance and chorus from approaching the pod,” it mentioned.

-AAP