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Dozens of whales die on Indonesian beach, rescuers save three

  • Published at 05:05 pm February 19th, 2021
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Locals interact with a whale, one of dozens which got stranded at a beach in Bangkalan, near Surabaya, East Java province, Indonesia on February 19 2021 Reuters

It is not fully understood why whales, which travel together in pods, beach themselves

Forty-six whales stranded on a beach on the Indonesian island of Madura have died, while rescuers managed to push three back out to sea, the provincial governor said on Friday.

A rescue effort was launched on Thursday after dozens of pilot whales beached. Volunteers pushed some back out to sea.

“But some came back here, trying to find their mothers, though it turns out the mothers are dead,” East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said.

Video footage on Friday showed whales dotted across a wide area with local residents wading in ankle-deep water, some trying to splash water on them or push them out to sea.

The governor told Reuters authorities that they planned to bury the dead whales on Saturday once the tide had receded, and said two excavators had been brought in.

It is not fully understood why whales, which travel together in pods, beach themselves but they are known to follow a leader, and they gather around an injured or distressed whale as well.

Whale Stranding Indonesia, a non-governmental organization, says in 2020 more than 70 marine mammals were found stranded, including dugongs.

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