More than 130 melon-headed whales, part of the dolphin family, are on the verge of dying after being beached in Japan on Friday and visuals showed that many have been badly wounded.
The dolphins were found on a beach about 100 kilometres to the northeast of Tokyo in the Ibaraki prefecture, and locals joined rescuers in helping the animals get back into water.
Photos showed some melon-headed whales, also known as electra dolphins, wrapped in wet clothes to prevent their skin from drying.
Some of the dolphins have already died, according to AFP, while others were seen writhing on the sand even as rescuers tried to keep them alive by pouring buckets of sea water on them.
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) April 10, 2015
— ST Foreign Desk (@STForeignDesk) April 10, 2015