Two dozen whales die after beaching on Baja California Peninsula
Most of the more than two dozen pilot whales that recently beached themselves on the Baja California Peninsula died despite efforts to move them into deeper waters, Mexican authorities confirmed on Sunday.
A total of 27 whales came ashore on Saturday. Wildlife crews worked overnight to move them into deeper waters. But some of them returned to the beach even after being led into deeper water. Only three of those 27 whales could be saved.
PROFEPA, the environmental protection agency of Mexico, confirmed in a statement that only three whales, two adults and a calf, survived.
The fifteen-hour rescue operation was launched at 3 p.m. on Saturday, next to the Punta Bufeo hotel and sport fishing camp that is located nearly eighty miles from San Felipe. Rosario Carrillo, the wife of the camp's operator, said, "I have seen two or three beached, but never this many."
The Mexican environmental protection agency noted that whales have strong social cohesion and they do not abandon their companions in danger, even if it means death. Local fishermen and residents also participated in the rescue operation.
Wildlife experts said they speculated that the huge marine creatures were disoriented, with no signs of any kind of injuries on their body. However, they could not immediately determine the cause of the whales' death.
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