In a desperate rescue attempt in Indonesia, half a pod of sperm whales have been saved after they beached off the Aceh coast.
Dwi Aryo Tjiptohandono, WWF Indonesia's marine and fisheries campaign coordinator, said the group was investigating how the whales had come to be stranded.
The nine whales were discovered in Ujung Kareng beach of Aceh Besar district at about 9:30 a.m. Monday, said Agus Salim, police chief at Masjid Raya sub-district.
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"We do not know where these whales are coming from and where they are migrating to".
"The strong social bonding of some species of whales can cause mass strandings", according to Project Jonah, a New Zealand-based whale charity. These animals will send out distress signals and members from their pod may attempt to help or mill slightly off-shore.
"The stranded whales were first found by villagers and sailors fishing around the place", he added.
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