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Wildlife Officials, Others Push Beached Whales On St. Simons Island Back To Sea

Wildlife officials and others worked Monday to push some beached pilot whales on St. Simons Island back to sea.
Wildlife officials and others worked Monday to push some beached pilot whales on St. Simons Island back to sea.

Some pilot whales repeatedly beached themselves on St. Simons Island Tuesday, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Personnel from the DNR Wildlife Resources Division, DNR Coastal Resources Division, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, NOAA, Glynn County Emergency Management and others participated in efforts to push several beached whales back out to sea, with some animals continuing to return to the beach.

“While stranding is a known natural occurrence, the only thing we can do is to continue pushing them out to sea,” said Wildlife Biologist Clay George in a Facebook post.

While some animals were successfully pushed back out, two of the whales have died.

Wildlife officials and others worked Monday to push some beached pilot whales on St. Simons Island back to sea.
Credit Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Wildlife officials and others worked Monday to push some beached pilot whales on St. Simons Island back to sea.

The deceases whales are being taken for a necropsy. The remaining whales were last seen swimming in the sound, and it is hoped they will continue to keep moving out to sea.

Among cetaceans, pilot whales are the most common species known to strand in mass numbers, according to according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

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