Beached whales in Senegal

More than 100 pilot whales, which have bulbous foreheads and can grow to over 4 meters long, beached themselves overnight at Yoff, a traditional Lebou fishing community on the Cap Vert peninsula, mainland Africa's most westerly point.
Local fishermen struggled through the night to drag the animals back to sea from the sloping sandy beach, using their brightly colored open wooden boats known as "pirogues" and attaching ropes around the animals' sleek, black bodies.
By afternoon, as many as 60 whales had released back into the ocean, 38 whales sadly died on the beach, but they were able to save a pregnant whale and her calf shortly after the whale gave birth on the beach.

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Beached whales in Senegal

Beached whales in Senegal

Beached whales in Senegal

Beached whales in Senegal

Beached whales in Senegal

Beached whales in Senegal

Beached whales in Senegal

Beached whales in Senegal

Beached whales in Senegal

Beached whales in Senegal


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    I am so sorry to hear that 38 whales sadly died on the beach... The good news is that they were able to save a pregnant whale and her calf after the whale gave birth on the beach. Many thanks for your report! Best regards,


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