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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Dozens of pilot whales beached Saturday morning near the storm-lashed tip of South Africa, prompting a massive rescue operation.
Rescuers were using six bulldozers to push the 55 whales back into the water, but "as soon as we put them back into the sea, they swim back to the beach again," said National Sea Rescue Institute spokesman Craig Lambinon.
One whale has died, and high winds and rough seas were frustrating the rescue attempts.
"It's not a very easy situation," Lambinon said.
Pilot whales, about 10 feet long, are fairly common around South Africa. There was no immediate explanation as to why they were beaching.
Hundreds of volunteers and onlookers flocked to the beach at Kommitjie, near Cape Point, and were blocking the main approach road. Lambinon appealed to the public to stay away.
The reflection contains important information about the location and features of the shoreline. The lack of reflections received from the coast would appear to be a ‘deaf spot’ to the cetaceans, analogous to the human ‘blind spot’. The coast may appear as thick 'fog' to the pod of cetaceans and may induce a navigational error.
Originally posted by antar
I dedicate this video to the people who witnessed the murder of the 44 Whales on the beach and to the Whales themselves because I know what happens to my brother happens to me.
"The most humane way to perform euthanasia on whales is to shoot them through the brain and this was successfully performed on those whales suffering on the beach. We wish to stress emphatically that the most humane effort was employed to prevent further suffering of these animals,"