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S Africans Battle to Save Whales

S Africans battle to save whales Stormy seas are driving some of the whales back ashore Rescuers are using bulldozers to try to push 55 pilot whales back into the water after they beached near the South African city of Cape Town. High winds and waves are hampering the operation to save the adults and calves which came ashore in the early hours of the morning. But the whales are swimming back to the beach as soon as they are returned to the water, rescuers say. The whales, about 3m (10ft) long, are common to the waters off South Africa. Six bulldozers are being used in the rescue operation, and rescuers and volunteers are trying to keep the stranded mammals wet, National Sea Rescue Institute spokesman Craig Lambinon told reporters. “As soon as we put them back into the sea, they swim back to the beach again,” he explained. Rough seas were also pushing the whales back ashore. At least one whale has died. Mr Lambinon said it was still unclear why the whales had come ashore. It was the first mass beaching of whales he had seen on the popular beach at Kommitjie, near Cape Point. Volunteer helpers and onlookers have flocked to the area, blocking the main approach road, reports say.

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