People power saves beached whales

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CBBC, Last Updated: Saturday June 2 2005

Hundreds of volunteers answered a call to help save more than 80 false killer whales after they became stranded on a beach in western Australia.

They put on their wetsuits and helped push the giant creatures back into the sea.
The effort was a success as only one whale was reported to have died.

False killer whales got their name because they are similar to killer whales, but they are not as aggressive.
But neither species are actually whales as they belong to the dolphin family.

The volunteers were told to keep the creatures upright and clean of sand.

"The whales are very heavy, and they keep moving against us. They are confused, but it is nice to be able to help them. We just hope they survive," said one of the rescuers.

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