More than 130 dolphins beach in Japan

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Baku, April 10, AZERTAC

Rescuers battle to stop pod of melon-headed whales from drying out as they lay on beach 60 miles northeast of Tokyo

More than 130 melon-headed whales, a member of the dolphin family usually found in the deep ocean, beached in Japan on Friday, sparking frantic efforts by locals and coastguards to save them.

Rescuers were battling to stop the creatures’ skin from drying out as they lay on a beach about 100 kilometres (60 miles) northeast of Tokyo, while some were being carried in slings back towards the ocean.

Television footage showed several animals from the large pod had been badly cut, with many having deep gashes on their skin.

A number of the creatures had died, he said, and were being buried.

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