On November 13, 2017, a group of rescuers were able to successfully return 6 of the 10 sperm whales that were beached off the coast of Aceh, Indonesia. Out of the remaining four, one was returned to the ocean but stranded again and died on the beach, like the other 3 whales. The group who saved the whales was composed of the navy and locals. The marine and fisheries campaign of Indonesia will run autopsies on the dead animals to investigate the reasons behind the strandings. Many experts think that strandings occur due to old age, injury or illness, or accidental navigation errors; and for mass strandings an additional cause could be because of the strong social bond seen in a pod of whales.
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Submitted by member Kristina F.
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