One third of whales stranded off Tasmanian coast have died

About one third of a group of 270 whales stranded off Tasmania's west coast have died, with the rescue operation expected to take days.

At a press conference on Tuesday morning, rescuers from the Tasmanian Maritime Conservation Program said they would be focusing on the whales they believed could be saved.

The whale rescue operation is expected to take several days.Credit:Tasmania Police

Marine conservation experts were sent to the isolated seaside town of Strahan on Monday following reports of a huge group of whales stranded on the coast.

On Monday, it was believed 25 of the whales had died.

Around 200 whales have been stranded on a sandbar off the Macquarie Heads boat ramp. There is also a group of 30 stranded "several hundred metres away" on another sandbar, and 30 others stranded on Ocean Beach.

Member of the public have been asked to avoid the area.

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