Rescuers attempt attempt to push stranded Whales back into the ocean at Ujong Kareng beach in Aceh province, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. An official said 10 Whales were stranded at the beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers who posed for pictures with them.

  1. Rescuers attempt to save stranded Whales back into the ocean at Ujong Kareng beach in Aceh province, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. An official said a small pod of Whales was stranded at the beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers who posed for pictures with them.
  2. Curious onlookers watch as rescuers attempt to save stranded Whales back into the ocean at Ujong Kareng beach in Aceh province, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. An official said a small pod of Whales was stranded at the beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers who posed for pictures with them.

Photos: AP Photo/Syahrol Rizal and Zulkarnaini

Indonesia:Beached Whales led out to sea off Indonesia’s Aceh but 4 die
15th November 2017;

Four of 10 Whales that beached off Indonesia’s Aceh province have died because of injuries and exhaustion, a fisheries official said Tuesday.

The Sperm Whales (Physeter macrocephalus) became stranded Monday at Ujong Kareng beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers who posed for pictures with them.

Nur Mahdi, the head of Aceh’s marine and fisheries office, said two Whales that were both extensively scratched and bruised died early Tuesday while 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.

Mahdi said Whale pods follow a group leader and can become stranded if the leader swims too close to shore due to sickness or other reasons.

Several dozen strandings of Whales, Dolphins and other marine mammals are reported each year in Indonesia, an archipelago nation of more than 17,000 islands.

Ten Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) died last year when a pod of more than 30 stranded off the coast of Probolinggo district in East Java province.

Source: Associated Press

  1. Rescuers pull dead Whales ashore in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia, Thursday, June 16, 2016 during a mass rescue operation of stranded Whales. People managed to pull most of more than 30 stranded Whales into the deep sea, an official said.
  2. A boy clings on the fin of a dead Whale in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia, Thursday, June 16, 2016 during a mass rescue operation of stranded Whales.
  3. Photo: AP Photo/Trisnadi

    Indonesia: Dozens of Whales stranded in Indonesia’s Java island, 10 die
    16th June 2016;

    More than 30 Whales were stranded on the coast on Indonesia’s main island of Java and 10 of them have died, an official said Thursday.

    A mass rescue operation managed to pull most of the stranded Whales into the deep sea, said Wahid Noor Azis, head of the local Fishery and Maritime management.

    Wahid said the Whales began stranding themselves during high tide Wednesday on the coast of Pesisir village in Probolinggo district in the province of East Java.

    The Whales, numbering about 32 to 35, are likely Short-finned Pilot Whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus), which live in tropical and subtropical waters, Wahid said.

    Dozens of locals using two boats were trying to drive the last two stranded Whales still alive into the deep sea.

    The provincial Conservation and Natural Resources Agency will be conducting autopsies on the 10 dead Whales to find out why they became stranded, Wahid said. The locals would bury the carcasses of the dead Whales after the autopsies.

    Pilot Whales are among the largest of the oceanic Dolphins, exceeded in size only by the Killer Whale (Orcinus orca). They are also among the most common cetaceans stranded.

    Source: Associated Press