14 Nov '17, 2pm

4 sperm whales dead after mass stranding in Sumatra

4 sperm whales dead after mass stranding in Sumatra

A pod of 10 sperm whales beached earlier this week in shallow waters in western Indonesia. Despite attempts by authorities and residents to push the animals back out into deeper water, four of the whales died after being stranded overnight. Experts are looking into what caused the whales to swim so close to shore. Four sperm whales were reported to have died Tuesday following a mass stranding on a beach on the northwestern tip of Sumatra, Indonesia. A group of 10 sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus ) was spotted on Ujong Kareung beach in Aceh province on Monday morning, according to WWF-Indonesia, which has been monitoring attempts to rescue the animals. Officials from the Navy, fisheries ministry and local government deployed teams and worked with residents and NGOs to try to push and tow the stranded whales back out into deeper water. Two of the whales were reportedly i...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/11/4-sperm-whales-dead-aft...

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