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Pilot whales beached in South Africa

More than 50 pilot whales have become stranded on a beach near Cape Town, South Africa.

Marine scientists and volunteers managed to get more than 20 of the whales back into the water despite bad weather and high waves but the rest had to be humanely killed because they could not be returned to the sea.

Rescuers say it is unclear why the whales came ashore.

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