1. Indonesian soldiers, policemen and residents work to remove a dead Whale stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016.
  2. Residents take pictures of a dead Whale stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016.
  3. Children stand on a dead Whale stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016.
  4. An Indonesian soldier and a resident inspect dead Whales stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016.

Photos: Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/via REUTERS

Indonesia: Rescuers struggle to save beached Whales in Indonesia
By Angie Teo, Kanupriya Kapoor & Robert Birsel, 16th June 2016;

Indonesian rescuers worked on Thursday to save a pod of beached Short-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) that got trapped in a mangrove swamp at low tide, fisheries officials said.

Villagers in the area in the east of Java island were helping fisheries staff trying to lead the 30 or so whales, most of which were believed to be young Pilot Whales, back to sea.

Several of the Whales had died after being hurt in the shallows and many of the others were weak, officials said.

“The residents are trying to push the active Whales back toward deeper water … but some are still stuck,” Deddy Isfandi, a fisheries official in the coastal town of Probolinggo, told media.

Another fisheries official, Wahid Noor Azis, told Reuters seven of the Whales were calves while the biggest of the adults was up to four metres (13 feet) long.

The officials said they did not know why the animals ventured into the mangrove swamp. Residents said Whales were rarely seen in the area.

Whale beachings, while unusual, have been seen in other parts of Indonesia.

This year, a four-tonne, 16-metre (52 foot) Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) was found dead on a beach on the resort island of Bali.

Source: Reuters

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