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More than 50 whales were shot dead by authorities in South Africa yesterday. The 55 false killer whales, relatively small cetaceans about nine feet long that are actually members of the dolphin family, stranded themselves along around two miles of the shore at Kommetjie beach, near Cape Town.
Hundreds of volunteers gathered to try to save the animals, keeping them wet to reduce the stress they were suffering and with bulldozers used to push them gently back into the waters at high tide. But even though a few were successfully returned to the sea, they proceeded to beach themselves again a l