Volunteers save six whales

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian volunteers managed to save six whales beached on the northern tip of Sumatra but four died, a conservation official said yesterday. The rescuers worked late into Monday night to free six of 10 massive sperm animals using ropes and patrol boats and turn them back into the waters off Aceh province. “Some people got injured on the coral and the high tide was also an obstacle but we tried our best,” said Sapto Aji Prabowo, head of the Aceh conservation agency. “It is an important lesson for us on how to evacuate such huge animals if it happens again.” Mr Prabowo said it was not known why the sperm whales had washed up in shallow water and planned to collect samples for research.

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