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At least six bottlenose whales have died after being stranded on Donegal beach

An operation is underway after at least six bottlenose whales that were stranded on Rosnowlagh beach in Donegal have died.

The whales became stranded earlier today with four of them becoming stranded in the shallow water of the bay.

Another three were stranded on the beach.

First aid is being applied to the whales by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) but most of them have died.

A spokesperson from the IWDG stated “I would say by the morning they will all be dead, which is expected. These are an offshore species,”.

The IWDG still has team members on the shore but stated that there is not much that they can do for them, as IWDG CEO Simon Berrow states “To be honest, there’s very little you can do about it. They probably weigh 3 or 4 tonnes the adult males, so they’re not good candidates for refloating”.

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