Four beached sperm whales die
BANDA ACEH: Four of 10 whales that beached off Indonesia’s Aceh province have died because of injuries and exhaustion, a fisheries official said yesterday. The sperm whales became stranded on Monday at Ujong Kareng beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers. Nur Mahdi, the head of Aceh’s marine and fisheries office, said two whales that were both extensively scratched and bruised died early yesterday and two others that 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. Mr Mahdi said whale pods follow a group leader and can become stranded if the leader swims too close to shore.