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Two out of nine stranded pilot whales die near St. Nicholas

Stranded pilot whales near Linkletter. Submitted photo
Stranded pilot whales near Linkletter. Submitted photo

Of the pilot whales that were stranded near St. Nicholas Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, two have died, two were rescued and the rest freed themselves.

Scientists and officers from several government departments, educational institutions and volunteer groups were on the scene Thursday morning as the last two whales were lead back out to sea. 

The whales were discovered by a woman walking her dog Tuesday afternoon. A large male had beached himself in Sunbury Cove, between St. Nicholas and Linkletter, while eight females and juveniles swam around him. 

Provincial conservation officers and scientist managed to refloat the male Wednesday evening but had to return to shore because of a lack of proper equipment. When the proper gear arrived Thursday morning, various officers went out in boats to secure the remaining two whales and by noon had them back out in deep water. 

Full story to come. 

Scientists and officers from several government departments, educational institutions and volunteer groups were on the scene Thursday morning as the last two whales were lead back out to sea. 

The whales were discovered by a woman walking her dog Tuesday afternoon. A large male had beached himself in Sunbury Cove, between St. Nicholas and Linkletter, while eight females and juveniles swam around him. 

Provincial conservation officers and scientist managed to refloat the male Wednesday evening but had to return to shore because of a lack of proper equipment. When the proper gear arrived Thursday morning, various officers went out in boats to secure the remaining two whales and by noon had them back out in deep water. 

Full story to come. 

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