Strong emotions follow stranding

2012-11-04 11:19
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City removes whale carcass

Cape Town emergency services took 18 hours to remove a 30m whale carcass from the False Bay shoreline on Monday. See all the pictures.

Sydney - Volunteers were working on Sunday to save the few survivors among about 100 whales and dolphins stranded on a Tasmanian beach, hoping to them back out to sea.

"Some of the members of the community were very, very upset after the incident," Tasmania Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Shelley Davison told national broadcaster ABC, adding that "whale beachings are very, very emotional things to go through for everyone who is involved."

"They're incredibly socially strong," he said. "One whale beaches and the others come in to be with that whale and we end up with the whole pod stranded. They just won't leave other whales they think are in distress, even if it means their own death."

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