Four beached sperm whales die

Bangkok Post - - WORLD -

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.

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