- CAPE COD, Massachusetts
(ENS) - Forty-six pilot whales, stranded and rescued on Monday, again stranded
themselves Tuesday in Wellfleet Bay a few miles from the site of their
- This triggered a second day of response from the Cape
Cod Stranding Network and its co-founding organization the International
Fund for Animals Welfare (IFAW).
- Despite the remote location, more than 100 volunteers
worked for hours pouring water over the animals and covering them in wet
towels to keep them cool during the heat. Even though 14 whales died at
the scene, 31 were returned to the water after the tide had come in.
- However, within hours of their release all 31 whales
once again stranded in Wellfleet near the Massachusetts Audubon Sanctuary.
After assessing the whales' condition, rescuers euthanized 25 and the other
six died naturally.
- "The mood is a mixture of sadness and success,"
said A.J. Cady, leader of the IFAW response team.
- "We weren't able to return these animals to the
water, but millions of people all over the world have reconnected to whales.
It is important to remember we still have a chance to save thousands of
these animals every year by working to stop continued commercial whaling
in Japan and Norway," Cady said.
- The Cape Cod Stranding Network today has returned to
the scene to remove the whales and take them to a facility so they can
- These strandings were the most dramatic in recent years
and the largest stranding of pilot whales on Cape Cod in more than a decade.
- Pilot whales have extensive family structures and swim
in groups, called pods, of five to 100 animals. They are still being hunted
in some countries, and IFAW says little is known about the current total
population of pilot whales worldwide.