Two whales beached, die on SC coast

Posted July 16, 2015 12:50 p.m. EDT
Updated July 16, 2015 6:16 p.m. EDT

Two pygmy sperm whales beached themselves Thursday morning in South Carolina near North Myrtle Beach. (Photos courtesy WBMF)

— A mother and calf whale that beached themselves Thursday morning near North Myrtle Beach have died, according to the Horry County Police Department.

Visitors to the beach, near Kingston Plantation, tried to push the whales back into the water but they resisted, according to a reports.

A marine biologist from Coastal Carolina University and a veterinarian from the Ark Animal Hospital in Surfside Beach attending to the whales but were unable to save them, police said.