Many whale rescue volunteers and marine conservation experts are heading home after an exhausting week on the West Coast.
The rescue team sprung into action after the mass stranding of pilot whales was discovered and together they managed to release 110 creatures outside the heads of Macquarie Harbour.
Incident Controller and Parks and Wildlife Service manager Rob Buck said the volunteers and staff had worked long hours in cold conditions over the past week to release the stranded whales.
"There has been a tremendous team effort and this combined commitment has allowed us to get as many whales as we can back out to sea."
The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment also thanked members of the Strahan community, science and research bodies, Tasmania Police and the West Coast aquaculture industry for their assistance to date.
"Huon, Tassal and Petuna have provided essential and invaluable support during the rescue phase and are continuing to provide essential resources in relation to collection and disposal," Mr Buck said.
The rescue operation has now switched to a clean up effort, with Aquaculture companies, Parks and Wildlife Service vessels and dinghies towing the whale carcasses out of Macquarie Harbour and releasing them offshore for a 'sea burial'.
Removing the hundreds of whale carcasses is expected to take several days and will be dependent on wind, tide and current conditions.
Mr Buck said the incident team had been advised by the CSIRO Marine Division on the oceanographic current to plan for the disposal at sea.
The Macquarie Heads boat ramp remains closed to the public and those keen to head out on the water are urged to use the boat ramp at Strahan.
A Notice to Mariners will be issued by Marine and Safety Tasmania each day following the disposal of any whales at sea.
If you see a whale in other areas around Macquarie Harbour in coming days, please report the sighting to the Whale Hotline 0427 WHALES.