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How to rescue a beached whale?

Forty pilot whales lie stranded on Darlington beach, Tasmania. Andrew Irvine, a marine conservation officer, knows that he must act fast.

Scientists are not sure what causes a whale to beach itself. Some have suggested that it is the result of a disease that upsets the mammal’s internal navigation system. What we do know is that — without intervention — being beached is invariably fatal.