Ten Sperm Whales Stranded in Aceh

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 14, 2017

Teuku Nurmadi, a Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry official in Aceh, meanwhile said it is rare for whales to strand in the area and that the animals may have become disorientated while migrating.

People are desperately trying to save a pod of 12 sperm whales washed up on a beach in Indonesia.

Officials along with soldiers, policemen and volunteers are directing the whales toward deep waters, he was quoted by Merdeka media as saying.

'It is best to wait until high tide, but we are concerned they might die, ' Sapto Prabowo from the Natural Resource Conservation Agency said.

The pod of whales was found stranded in shallow water of an island near the northwest tip of Sumatra in Aceh Province, Whale Stranding Indonesia reported on its Facebook page.

In 2016, 29 pilot whales were briefly trapped in a mangrove swamp off the eastern coast of Java, but managed to free themselves or were helped back out to sea by fishermen.

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