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16 pilot whales die in Scottish cove

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:04 PM

Sixteen pilot whales, including four calves, have died in a mass stranding on the coast of Fife in Scotland as rescuers fought a desperate battle to save others.

The pod of 26 was discovered in a cove at the base of steep cliffs in Pittenweem, near St Andrews, shortly after 7am on Sunday.

Vets from the British Divers and Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), with help from the emergency services, managed to refloat 10 whales at high tide at 4.30pm. Two subsequently re-stranded but were refloated by volunteers.

The BDMLR said they were "hopeful" for those whales still in the water and would be monitoring them for the next 24 hours.

A further 24 pilot whales from the same pod have been seen in the shallows three miles along the coast at Cellardyke. They were being closely observed amid fears they might also beach.


It's always sad when this happens :(

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 10:53 PM

How awful and I agree it is sad.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 06:28 AM

:( ..incredibly sad....

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 08:38 AM

That's heartbreaking.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:12 AM

I just saw on our news there was mass standing here in Florida, too.  :hmm:

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