| GEO World|
| 69 whales die on Australian shore|
| Updated at: 1630 PST, Tuesday, March 24, 2009|
SYDNEY: The 11 surviving whales from a pod of 80 that came ashore on Australia's west coast were being loaded Tuesday onto trucks at Hamelin Bay to be taken for release at a better spot 20 kilometers away.
Seven of the 11 whales, including a mother and calf, have completed the journey and are at Flinders Bay in a holding pen. The plan is to gather the long-finned pilot whales and release them into the Indian Ocean at sunset.
Flinders Bay was picked because it is deep, sheltered and far enough from the original stranding site to deter the whales from coming back on shore.