Pilot whales shot near Cape Town, rescuers couldn't save them
About 35 of the pilot whales that had beached near Cape Town, had to be shot after they became too weak and too distressed to be rescued.
Authorities shot dozens of exhausted whales that beached on a shore near South Africa's storm-lashed southern tip Saturday amid scenes of grief and despair from volunteers who had tried to save them.
About 55 pilot whales have beached themselves near Cape Town in South Africa, and rescuers are using bulldozers to try and push them back in to the water, but high winds and waves are making it difficult to save the whales, and they appear to be swimming back to the beach as soon as they are in the water.
The whales are common in South Africa and are aboue 3 metres long.
Six bulldozers are being used in the rescue operation, and rescuers and volunteers are trying to keep the stranded mammals wet, National Sea Rescue Institute spokesman Craig Lambinon told reporters.
"As soon as we put them back into the sea, they swim back to the beach again," he explained. Rough seas were also pushing the whales back ashore.
One whale has died already. This is the first mass beaching of whales in this area and volunteers and conservationists are not sure why it is happening.
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