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3 of 45 pilot whales survive mass stranding in Indonesia

People in shallow water look at dead whales.
Residents inspect the carcasses of pilot whales along a beach on Indonesia’s Madura Island on Friday.
(Associated Press)

Only three of 45 short-finned pilot whales survived a mass stranding Friday in shallow waters on Indonesia’s Madura Island off the northeastern coast of Java, officials said.

The three whales were pushed back to the sea by volunteers and local authorities along the Modung beach in East Java province.

East Java Gov. Khofifah Indar Parawansa said authorities are investigating the cause of the stranding while the carcasses will be buried around the coast.

“The volunteers who are helping them to get back to the ocean said that some of the whales got back to the coast again as their mothers are still stranded at the beach,” Parawansa said.

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According to data from Whale Stranding Indonesia, there were 59 beaching incidents in the country last year, most of them dugongs and spinner dolphins.


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