UPDATE Pilot Whales restrand on Lieutenant's Island in Wellfleet, MA.

Tuesday, 30 July, 2002
Wellfleet, MA
The large group of pilot whales rescued yesterday swam east and stranded again near Lieutenant's Island in Wellfleet, MA this morning. IFAW's Emergency Relief team joined other members of the Cape Cod Stranding Network and were able to refloat 31 animals by mid day. Rescuers used several boats in an attempt to guide the whales back to open water, but sadly the entire family group moved deeper into the marsh.
The whales stranded once again with the falling tide and veterinary experts determined the animals were too weak to survive another rescue attempt. By late afternoon, the difficult decision was made to euthanize the remaining animals and end their suffering.

All members of IFAW's Emergency Relief Team would like to extend our sincere thanks for the tremendous outpouring of support we received during this difficult event. The donations of blankets, buckets, and food, plus the assistance of police and fire officials as well as the countless volunteers who joined us on the beaches made it possible to at least attempt a rescue during this mass stranding event.

We will post additional updates on this site as soon as it becomes available.

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