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Thursday 21 August 2014

Public 'should not try and rescue beached whales'

Greg Harkin

Published 08/07/2014 | 02:30

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The deaths of 13 whales on a beach was just 'part of nature' and people should not try to rescue others, experts have said.

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Eight of the pilot whales did return to sea on the high tide out of Falcarragh, Co Donegal, yesterday as five others perished. But the eight later beached again and died there last night.

Irish Coast Guard teams and members of the National Parks and Wildlife Service sealed off two beaches in Ballyness Bay, outside Falcarragh, to allow the whales to die.

Well-meaning local people spent hours pouring water over the 13 Pilot Whales when they beached the bay yesterday morning. At one stage more than 100 people were involved in the rescue attempts.

The dead pilot whales which were beached at Ballyness Beach in North Donegal yesterday

Dave Duggan, deputy regional manager for the Irish Wildlife Service, said: "We asked people to let nature take its course. We know people mean well but attempts to refloat them are not usually successful and only cause more distress to them."

Irish Independent

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