False Killer Whales shot in Kommetjie, Cape Town
A group of 55 False
Killer Whales beached in the early morning of Saturday May 30th
on Kommetjie Beach, south of Cape Town. In the disorganised confusion
that ensued, hundreds of volunteers joined forces and moved about
20 whales back to into sea, although many of these kept returning
to the beach. Shortly before incoming high tide could perhaps have
saved some others, 44 of the now exhausted False Killer Whales were
controversially shot by a government official to prevent any further
stress and suffering. Divers and volunteers, desperately trying
to refloat the whales in the incoming waters, wept as they were
rough-handled off the whales by police to the ongoing sound of the
See our pictures and why the animals are False
Killer Whales, and not Long-finned
Pilot Whales. Both species relate closely to the much larger
Killer Whale and actually belong to the Dolphin Family. They often
don't survive beaching, although a recent Australian
success story shows that it is possible to save them under the
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