Teamwork saves beached whales (South Africa)

The ocean update

Volunteers and Sea Rescue keep whales wet after 19 Pilot whales beached on Nordhoek Long Beach. For several hours, the community of Winterstrand fought to stop the matriarch whale from leading her pod back onto the rocks and death. Photo by Michael Walker Volunteers and Sea Rescue keep whales wet after 19 Pilot whales beached on Nordhoek Long Beach. For several hours, the community of Winterstrand fought to stop the matriarch whale from leading her pod back onto the rocks and death. Photo by Michael Walker

February 24th, 2014 (Angelique Serrao). East London – For several hours, the community of Winterstrand, Eastern Cape, fought to stop the matriarch whale from leading her pod back onto the rocks and death.

They clapped and made as much noise as possible in an effort to turn the whales from the shore.

By Saturday evening, their efforts had saved three of four beached pilot whales (Ed Sibylline : probably false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens), seen the pic.).

The rescue mission began when the whales were discovered on the beach around 8am on Saturday. There were three adults – one an older matriarch a…

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