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Indonesia: At least 8 whales dead after dozens stranded on coast of Java01:47

Indonesia: At least 8 whales dead after dozens stranded on coast of Java

Indonesia, Randu
June 16, 2016 at 09:02 GMT +00:00 · Published

SOT, Ika Sugianti, resident (Bahasa Indonesian): "I was surprised."

SOT, Journalist, (Bahasa Indonesian): "Is this the first time it has happened?"

SOT, Ika Sugianti, resident (Bahasa Indonesian): "Actually, the second time. But the first time it was only one whale."

SOT, Journalist, (Bahasa Indonesian): "Did you take a picture of the whale?"

SOT, Ika Sugianti, resident (Bahasa Indonesian): "No."

At least eight pilot whales have died after around 32 whales were found stranded on the coast of Randu village in the Bojonegoro Regency of Indonesia's main island of Java, Thursday, reportedly due to extreme weather patterns occurring over the previous few days.

The stranded whales, discovered on Wednesday, prompted a rescue-attempt by hundreds of locals in the East Java province, including fishermen and local officers, who attempted to push the whales back to sea using their vessels.

Some locals took to the water using their boats to drive other whales in the area further out of the area in fear of further whales being stranded, while rescuers used tarpaulins to wrap around the beached sea mammals and pull them back out to sea.

A total of 23 whales were successfully pushed out to sea, however despite their best efforts, at least eight of the whales had died by Thursday morning with several left extremely weak.

The situation is thought to have been caused by recent changes in sea temperature. Local residents are preparing the deceased whales for burial, as part of a local tradition grounded in the belief that whales purposely come ashore to end their journey.

Indonesia: At least 8 whales dead after dozens stranded on coast of Java01:47
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SOT, Ika Sugianti, resident (Bahasa Indonesian): "I was surprised."

SOT, Journalist, (Bahasa Indonesian): "Is this the first time it has happened?"

SOT, Ika Sugianti, resident (Bahasa Indonesian): "Actually, the second time. But the first time it was only one whale."

SOT, Journalist, (Bahasa Indonesian): "Did you take a picture of the whale?"

SOT, Ika Sugianti, resident (Bahasa Indonesian): "No."

At least eight pilot whales have died after around 32 whales were found stranded on the coast of Randu village in the Bojonegoro Regency of Indonesia's main island of Java, Thursday, reportedly due to extreme weather patterns occurring over the previous few days.

The stranded whales, discovered on Wednesday, prompted a rescue-attempt by hundreds of locals in the East Java province, including fishermen and local officers, who attempted to push the whales back to sea using their vessels.

Some locals took to the water using their boats to drive other whales in the area further out of the area in fear of further whales being stranded, while rescuers used tarpaulins to wrap around the beached sea mammals and pull them back out to sea.

A total of 23 whales were successfully pushed out to sea, however despite their best efforts, at least eight of the whales had died by Thursday morning with several left extremely weak.

The situation is thought to have been caused by recent changes in sea temperature. Local residents are preparing the deceased whales for burial, as part of a local tradition grounded in the belief that whales purposely come ashore to end their journey.