Scottish volunteers save 100 pilot whales

June 1, 2011 | Environment
Whales: humans love you

Talk about a happy ending. Last week, a pod of more than 100 pilot whales were discovered moving back and forth along the Loch Carnan coastline in South Uist in the Western Isles, Scotland, showing signs of distress.

The pod of pilot whales, about 20 of which had severe head injuries, was spotted late Thursday night as the mammals attempted to beach themselves on the rocky shore of a remote Scottish island.

Dozens of healthy whales had also followed them into the shallow water raising fears that up to 100 of the animals could strand themselves.

Local volunteers and fisherman teamed up to help the whales and are reporting that the whales have calmed down and moved to deeper water, raising hopes that the mammals will be able to navigate back toward the sea.

Despite the great care given to prevent what appeared to be the stranding of over 100 whales, experts are still baffled by what drives the animals toward this suicidal behavior.

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