Today we went to try and help save pilot whales on the beach in An Fil Carrah, Co Donegal, Ireland. When we arrived there we saw a great turnout as we ourselves brought buckets to save the whales lifes.
Five pilot whales die after pod of 13 washes up on Donegal beach
The incident is the 13th stranding reported on Donegal shores this year
The pod of pilot whales on Falcarragh beach.
A group of about 100 locals went to the rescue after they were spotted on the strand at Falcarragh, Co Donegal this morning.
One of the whales, which was eventually successfully refloated, appeared to have blemishes and lumps on its skin suggesting it may have been ill and led the pod into the shallow waters.
Rescuers tied ropes to the back fins of the five metre long whales and dragged them off the sand into shallow waters, staying with them until they revived.
The stranding was discovered at 8 am.
The four dead whales were lifted off the beach to higher ground on diggers to prevent the rescued whales trying to come back in to find them.
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) said the incident is the 13th stranding reported on Donegal shores this year.
There has only been one other live stranding in the county when a harbour porpoise was refloated at Lough Foyle in February.
Live strandings of pods of pilot whales are not unknown but relatively rare with one of the last major incidents in Ireland in November 2010 when 33 pilot whales live stranded and died at Rutland Island, Co Donegal.
The IWDG, which was alerted to the incident, said even with pleny of help, experience and specialised equipment such as pontoons it is difficult to successfully refloat creatures that size.