A school of pilot whales, numbering almost 50, twice attempted suicide on a Florida beach on Friday (August 20).
GV Stranded whales in shallow water, people try to save them (3 shots)
GV Whales heading cut to sea
AERIAL V Stranded whales
Initials BB/1848 CP/BOB/BB/1850
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Background: A school of pilot whales, numbering almost 50, twice attempted suicide on a Florida beach on Friday (August 20). The whales apparently followed two other whales which had been captured for and aquarium, and swam into shallow water.
People on the beach tried to push and tow the stranded mammals back to deep water but it was a two-hour struggle before the task was completed. Later some of them returned to shore at another part of the beach and the battle was on again. Finally all but four of the whales were forced back into deep water. The other four died. This film comes from the National Broadcasting Company of America.