Authorities killed about 35 exhausted whales that beached on a shore near South Africa’s storm-lashed southern tip. Fifty-five false killer whales washed up on the shores of Kommetjie, near the Cape of Good Hope, prompting a massive all-day rescue effort.
Plans to transport the whales by road to the nearby deep-water naval base in Simon’s Town were shelved when it was decided that their health had deteriorated too much.
Scientists decided to shoot about 35 whales to prevent further suffering. Ten more died of stress. Officials feared that the whales that did escape were too exhausted to survive.