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In pictures: Senegal's beached whales

People look on at a beached whale in Senegal

More than 100 whales swam ashore in the Yoff neighbourhood of Senegal's capital, Dakar, on Wednesday.

Dead whales on a beach in Senegal

A spokeswoman for the charity WWF said more than 30 of the whales were killed.

People in Senegal helping whales to swim away from a beach in Senegal

Local residents who rushed to the beach to see the whales used boats to drag others back out to sea.

A close-up of a dead whale on a beach in Senegal

Whales often become stranded at this time of year in countries such as Cape Verde and Mauritania.

Children inspecting the dead whales on a beach in Senegal

But a WWF spokeswoman said it had been some 20 years since a similar incident in Senegal.

A bulldozer removing the carcass of a dead whale from a beach in Senegal

Efforts are under way to bury the carcasses and an investigation has begun to see what caused the whales to swim ashore.

Country profile: Senegal
29 Feb 08 |  Country profiles

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