Georgia Department of Natural Resources personnel and beachgoers struggle to keep a short-fin pilot whale from crashing into the seawall on St. Simons Island, Ga., Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Dozens of pilot whales beached themselves on a Georgia shore and most were rescued by authorities and onlookers who pulled the animals further into the water. (Bobby Haven /The Brunswick News via AP)
Bobby Haven/The Brunswick News
When several half-ton whales drifted toward the shore in Georgia, beachgoers stepped in to help.
“This has been an unusual occurrence but events like these can really show the level of care and support from our community,” Glynn County Emergency Management and Homeland Security posted on Facebook.
Some animals kept returning to the beach, and two of them died, according to a news release from Georgia officials.
They say pilot whales “are the most common species known to strand in mass numbers.”
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