Crowds hamper beached whale rescue in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Rescuers say a giant sperm whale beached in Indonesia is slowly dying after rescue efforts were hampered by hordes of spectators vying to get a closer look.
Pramudya Harzani from the Jakarta Animal Aid Network said Friday that the 2-ton whale, a protected species, washed ashore Wednesday near West Java's Krawang beach and attracted hundreds of onlookers who posed for pictures with it.
He said rescuers tried to lead the 12-meter (39-foot) whale to sea Thursday, but it washed back to shore after fishing boats packed with paying passengers blocked it from swimming.
He said the whale was scratched and bruised, apparently from people climbing on it.
Police are now trying to keep people away from the weak whale while waiting for a ship to pull it back to sea.
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