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Tuesday, 30 July, 2002, 02:36 GMT 03:36 UK
In pictures: Stranded whales
Marine experts and hundreds of volunteers at Cape Cod, off the coast of Massachusetts have managed to save most of a group of 55 pilot whales which became stranded on a beach at low tide.

Holidaymakers joined the rescue effort, covering the whales with towels and pouring buckets of water over them to prevent them from overheating.

Cape Cod, off the coast of Massachusetts
Dozens of volunteers spent hours with the whales, keeping them cool with water-soaked towels

Cape Cod, off the coast of Massachusetts
Nine of the mammals died but forty-six were re-floated at high tide

Cape Cod, off the coast of Massachusetts
It was the largest mass stranding of whales since the mid-1980s

Cape Cod, off the coast of Massachusetts
Biologists believe that some of the whales may be disoriented and could swim back into shallow waters


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"Two more whales have now been saved"
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