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21 whales die in mass stranding
Over 20 whales have died in a mass stranding off the coast of Fife.
Some of the whales were already dead when animal rescue teams arrived on the scene at Pittenweem, near St Andrews, while a number had to be put down.
The coastguard said nine of the 30 stranded pilot whales were being kept alive by vets from British Divers and Marine Life Rescue, with help from the emergency services including Fife fire service.
It is hoped four of those animals will be refloated at high tide.
A large number of bystanders have gathered at the scene, and the coastguard has urged the public to stay away to allow rescue teams to carry out their duties.
Coastguard teams from St Andrews and Leven, Anstruther lifeboat, and Fife Police are also assisting with the incident.