17/05/2016 11:59 BST

24 Pilot Whales Die After Beaching In Gulf Of California, Mexico

Rescuers embarked on a 12-hour operation to save the whales.

Two dozen pilot whales have died after becoming beached in Mexico, despite hours of desperate rescue efforts by residents and the military.

The 24 whales died after wandering into shallow waters off the Gulf of California.

Just two adults and a calf were able to be rescued.

A total of 24 pilot whales have died after entering shallow waters in Mexico.

It is not known why the whales migrated towards the shallow water. 

There were no visible injuries and no signs of the animals becoming caught in fishing nets. 

There are suspicions that the animals may have become disorientated. 

Footage of the whales in shallow waters, as well as the rescue efforts, was shared by PROFEPA.

The organisation said that it will be collecting evidence to investigate what caused the incident. 

There are plans to bury the whales on the shore. 

Rescuers spent 12 hours trying to save the stricken whales.

Whale beachings have hit the headlines in recent months. 

More than 30 sperm whales have been beached since the start of the year in the UK, Netherlands, France, Germany and Denmark. 

Plastic pollution has been listed as the cause of death for 13 sperm whales who died off the German coast.

Fishing gear and an engine cover are just some of the startling contents found inside the stomachs of the whales.

Sperm whales also washed up on the Lincolnshire and Norfolk coast earlier this year. 

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