Dozens of beached whales shot dead

Date: 27/07/2009

About 55 pilot whales, washed up on Kommetjie beach, Cape Town (South Africa) shortly after dawn. It is believed a ‘navigational error’ caused them to wash ashore. National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) volunteers and marine scientists battled to get them back to the sea, using municipal front-end loaders. But as soon as they were returned to the surf, the whales kept pointing their noses for shore, forcing marine scientists to make the painful decision to euthanise them.

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