Rescuers Race to Save Stranded Whales in Indonesia
Rescue efforts are underway after a pod of whales beached Monday morning off the province of Aceh in Indonesia.
Fortunately, five of the whales were successfully re-floated and hauled out to sea with boats, the Associated Press reported.
"The team seems to be determined to work during night time to release the remaining whales," Whale Stranding Indonesia wrote on its latest Facebook update.
The LIVE stranding of 10 sperm whales in Aceh. Video credit WWF Indonesia @WWF_ID @WWF via Dwi Suprapti. https://t.co/YgiW9pN3AD— Strandings Indonesia (@Strandings Indonesia)1510558231.0
Agus Salim, police chief at Masjid Raya sub-district, said that Indonesian authorities, soldiers, policemen and volunteers are working to save the whales.
Nur Mahdi, the head of Aceh's marine and fisheries office, told the Associated Press that two of the whales are injured and rescuers are trying to treat them. The cause of the injuries is not yet known.
Whales are social creatures and often travel in pods. Mass strandings are rare, but pods might follow a sick or disoriented group leader to shallow waters and end up beaching themselves, Mahdi explained.
Social media photos shows large crowds gathering around the beach to witness the unusual event. The whales are about 15 meters (49 feet) from shore.
The LIVE stranding of 10 sperm whales in Aceh. Photo credit WWF Indonesia @WWF_ID @WWF via Dwi Suprapti. https://t.co/smWIz11yOq— Strandings Indonesia (@Strandings Indonesia)1510558055.0
In June 2016, 32 short-finned pilot whales beached themselves in Indonesia's East Java province.
Fishermen and officials were able to save 24 of them, but eight returned to shore overnight and died.
8 Pilot Whales Dead After Mass Stranding https://t.co/6hqz8oY5Ca @savingoceans @Oceanwire— EcoWatch (@EcoWatch)1466199921.0
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