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Last Updated: Monday March 02 2009 10:49 GMT

Race to save stranded whales

Australian rescue workers are fighting a race against time to save dozens of pilot whales and a small pod of dolphins stranded on a Tasmanian beach.

The 194 pilot whales and half a dozen bottlenose dolphins beached on Naracoopa Beach on Tasmania's King Island on Sunday evening.

It has been reported that about 140 of the whales have already died.

It's a mystery why more than 400 whales have died in Tasmanian waters recently and scientists are trying to work out exactly what the cause is.