Aussies Herd Beached Whales Back to Sea

194 animals beached; dozens returned to water
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 2, 2009 7:46 AM CST
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(Newser) – Rescuers using boats, stretchers, and a jet ski hauled dozens of whales and dolphins back to sea after 200 were beached on an Australian island, the Daily Telegraph reports. Some 59 animals were saved, ABC notes, as rescuers dug trenches and draped cloths over the whales to keep them cool before pulling them to sea. The remaining whales died on the beach.

 “It's too early to say yet” whether they’ll return, “but it's been a very, very positive day,” a parks spokeswoman told Australian broadcasters.