Stranded whales die on beach in Aceh

Lester Mason
November 15, 2017

In a desperate rescue attempt in Indonesia, half a pod of sperm whales have been saved after they beached off the Aceh coast.

Four sperm whales stranded on a beach in Indonesia have died, a local official said yesterday, despite frantic efforts to save the massive mammals.

WWF Indonesia confirmed 10 whales were stranded on Monday, seven of whom were returned to the water by Navy officials.

The nine whales were discovered in Ujung Kareng beach of Aceh Besar district at about 9:30 a.m. Monday, said Agus Salim, police chief at Masjid Raya sub-district.

In a post on Twitter, the organization confirmed that proper authorities will perform a necropsy on the four animals that died to assess their cause of death and that "they will be buried locally soon".

Photos circulated on social media showed dozens of volunteers wading on to the reef and tying ropes around the whales, each of which was several meters long and flopping its huge fins in the shallow water.

Back in February, hundreds of pilot whales washed up on the shores of New Zealand, and researchers were similarly puzzled.

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