Tuesday 22 August 2017

Almost 150 dolphins stranded on beach in Japan

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About 150 dolphins have beached themselves and become stranded on Japan's north-eastern coast.

The dolphins were lying on a stretch of about 10 kilometres (six miles) of beach in Hokota, a coastal city north-east of Tokyo.

Some of the dolphins, mostly melon-headed whales or blackfish, were found alive but were extremely weak and later died.

Television footage showed dozens of people carrying buckets and pouring sea water over the dolphins, or even covering them with bath towels, to keep them from drying up.

Local residents try to save melon-headed dolphins stranded on the coast in Hokota, northeast of Tokyo Credit: REUTERS/Kyodo
Local residents try to save melon-headed dolphins stranded on the coast in Hokota, northeast of Tokyo Credit: REUTERS/Kyodo
Local residents try to save a melon-headed dolphin stranded on the coast in Hokota, northeast of Tokyo Credit REUTERS/Kyodo
An aerial view shows melon-headed dolphins stranded on the coast in Hokota, northeast of Tokyo Credit REUTERS/Kyodo

City authorities, the coast guard and an aquarium were working to rescue the dolphins, which are between two to three metres long.

Public television station NHK reported that the coast guard transported three in good health off shore and released them.

Smaller beachings have occurred over the last 15 years, including some 50 dolphins on a nearby coast in 2011.

Dolphins lie on the beach in Hokota, north of Tokyo, Friday (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Dolphins lie on the beach in Hokota, north of Tokyo, Friday (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Local residents try to save melon-headed dolphins stranded on the coast in Hokota, northeast of Tokyo Credit: REUTERS/Kyodo
Local residents try to save a melon-headed dolphin stranded on the coast in Hokota, northeast of Tokyo Credit REUTERS/Kyodo

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