Dozens of Whales Die on Indonesian Beach, Rescuers Save Three

Dozens of Whales Die on Indonesian Beach, Rescuers Save Three

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Madura, Indonesia: (World View Media, Reuters)

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 (February 19).

A rescue effort was launched on Thursday (February 18) after dozens of pilot whales beached. Volunteers pushed some back out to sea.

The governor told Reuters authorities planned to bury the dead whales on Saturday (February 20) 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 as well as gather around an injured or distressed whale.

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

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