Rescuers rush to save 10 whales stranded on Indonesian beach

By Daniel Uria  |  Nov. 13, 2017 at 9:42 PM
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Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Rescuers rushed to save 10 sperm whales found stranded on a beach in Indonesia on Monday morning, an animal conservation group said.

The pod of whales was found stranded in shallow water of an island near the northwest tip of Sumatra in Aceh Province, Whale Stranding Indonesia reported on its Facebook page.

"Rescue effort is currently underway with, among others, BPSPL Padang," the Jakarta-based marine mammal conservation organization wrote.

Officials soldiers, policemen and volunteers worked together to guide the whales back to deeper waters.

About seven whales were released before sunrise as rescuers worked through midnight and treated a pair of injured whales, Whale Stranding Indonesia told The New York Times.

It was unclear why the pod of sperm whales, which are listed as an endangered species, swam so close to the shore.

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