Beached whales led out to sea off In­done­sia’s Aceh

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BANDA ACEH: A fish­eries of­fi­cial says four of 10 whales that beached off In­done­sia’s Aceh prov­ince have died be­cause of in­juries and ex­haus­tion.

The sperm whales be­came stranded Mon­day at Ujong Kareng beach and at­tracted hun­dreds of on­look­ers who posed for pictures with them.

Nur Mahdi, the head of Aceh’s marine and fish­eries of­fice, said two whales that were both ex­ten­sively scratched and bruised died early Tues­day while two oth­ers which were very weak died a few hours later.

He said five of the giant mam­mals were re­floated on Mon­day and led out to sea by boats, but waves washed two back to shore. Fish­ing boats led the pair and a re­main­ing whale out to sea on Tues­day.

Mahdi said whale pods fol­low a group leader and can be­come stranded if the leader swims too close to shore due to sick­ness or other rea­sons.

Pic­ture: AFP

A woman takes a photo of a dead sperm whale on a beach in Aceh Be­sar

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