Scientists decided to kill more than 30 beached whales that resisted frantic efforts to push them back out to sea near South Africa's storm-lashed southern tip, media reported Saturday.
Nan Rice, head of the Dolphin Action and Protection group said 20 pilot whales were successfully rescued, but there was no alternative but to euthanize 34 others, according to the South African Press Association.
Braving high winds and rough waves, the rescuers tried to push and drag the three-meter whales out of the knee-deep water and back to sea, but often their struggles were to little avail. Most of the rescuers wore wet suits, but some rushed into the icy waters in normal clothes.
Authorities brought in six bulldozers to push the whales back into the water.