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Australia Live News Updates: At Least 14 Sperm Whales Die In Mass Stranding On King Island

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Sperm whales die on King Island coast in mass stranding

Adam Morton

At least 14 young male sperm whales have died in a mass stranding on King Island, wildlife authorities say.

The Tasmanian government is sending wildlife biologists and a vet to the island, in Bass Strait, to investigate and collect samples.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment’s marine conservation program would also conduct aerial surveys to see if there were other whales in the area, a spokesperson said. It is not unusual for sperm whales to be seen in the area, they said.

It appears all 14 animals are young males and were dead at the time the stranding was reported on Monday afternoon.

While further inquiries are yet to be carried out, it is possible the whales were part of the same bachelor pod – a group of younger male sperm whales associating together after leaving the maternal group.

The spokesperson said it was an offence to interfere with protected wildlife, including being in possession of parts of a dead whale, and asked locals to report sightings of swimming and stranded whales and dolphins to 0427 WHALES.

The Treasurer Jim Chalmers together with the finance minister Katy Gallagher are speaking presenting a preview of the federal budget which will be delivered in full in October.

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Australia’s oldest man, who exercised every day and didn’t smoke, drink or gamble, has died at the age of 110 after contracting Covid-19.

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Frank Mawer was born on 15 August 1912, and was living with his son Philip in Central Tilba on the New South Wales south coast when he went for his afternoon nap on Saturday and didn’t wake up.

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Another son, Barry, said his father’s health went downhill after contracting Covid-19 several weeks ago. Barry said in a statement today:

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He lived life to the full even in recent months.

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He insisted on sitting up for meals, he did his exercises every day and had plenty of visitors.

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Until November Mawer lived independently in his own apartment in Sydney, supported by staff from HammondCare, and only moved to the south coast to be with his son and his partner after a fall.

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The Former NSW premier and now HammondCare chief executive Mike Baird said Mawer lived an “extraordinary life”.

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“Frank was the most inspiring individual, a gracious man and a man of faith,” Baird said.

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Mawer became the nation’s oldest man in July after the death of Queensland’s Dexter Kruger.

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In 2020 Mawer offered advice for living to a healthy old age: no smoking, no drinking and no gambling. He said:

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These are three things you can choose. The way you live makes a difference.

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However, Mawer confessed to one sweet vice: Portuguese tarts.

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Mawer married Elizabeth in 1939 and together they raised six children. Elizabeth died 11 years ago, aged 92. Mawer said: “It was a long marriage to a lovely girl.”

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– via AAP

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