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A man touches a dead whale after it got stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016. Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A child hugs a fin of a dead whale stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016. Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA?
Residents take pictures of dead whale stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016. Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA?
Indonesian soldiers, policeman and resident work to remove a dead whale stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016. Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA
An Indonesian soldier and resident inspect dead whales stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016. Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA
Children stand on a dead whale stranded on the coast of Pesisir beach in Probolinggo, Indonesia, June 16, 2016. Antara Foto/Zabur Karuru/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. MANDATORY CREDIT. INDONESIA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN INDONESIA?
Indonesian environmental activists redirect a disoriented a short-finned pilot whale to sea during a rescue operation in Probolinggo on June 16, 2016. Eight pilot whales have died after a mass stranding on the coast of Indonesia's main island of Java that sparked a major rescue operation, an official said on June 16. Thirty-two of the short-finned pilot whales came ashore during high tide early on June 15 in Probolinggo, East Java province. / AFP / JUNI KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - JUNE 16: A man tries to rescue a short fin pilot whale which washed up on Randu Pitu village beach on June 16, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java Province, Indonesia. According to the Probolinggo Head of Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources Deddy Isfandi, of the 32 long-fin pilot whales which had become stranded, 8 died and 24 were successfully pushed out to sea. (Photo by Shalasah Talista/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - JUNE 16: Animal rescuers try to rescue a short fin pilot whale which washed up on Randu Pitu village beach on June 16, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java Province, Indonesia. According to the Probolinggo Head of Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources Deddy Isfandi, of the 32 long-fin pilot whales which had become stranded, 8 died and 24 were successfully pushed out to sea. (Photo by Shalasah Talista/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - JUNE 16: Animal rescuers try to rescue a short fin pilot whale which washed up on Randu Pitu village beach on June 16, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java Province, Indonesia. According to the Probolinggo Head of Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources Deddy Isfandi, of the 32 long-fin pilot whales which had become stranded, 8 died and 24 were successfully pushed out to sea. (Photo by Shalasah Talista/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - JUNE 16: Animal rescuers try to rescue a short fin pilot whale which washed up on Randu Pitu village beach on June 16, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java Province, Indonesia. According to the Probolinggo Head of Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources Deddy Isfandi, of the 32 long-fin pilot whales which had become stranded, 8 died and 24 were successfully pushed out to sea. (Photo by Shalasah Talista/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - JUNE 16: Animal rescuers try to rescue a short fin pilot whale which washed up on Randu Pitu village beach on June 16, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java Province, Indonesia. According to the Probolinggo Head of Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources Deddy Isfandi, of the 32 long-fin pilot whales which had become stranded, 8 died and 24 were successfully pushed out to sea. (Photo by Shalasah Talista/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PROBOLINGGO, INDONESIA - JUNE 16: Animal rescuers try to rescue a short fin pilot whale which washed up on Randu Pitu village beach on June 16, 2016 in Probolinggo, East Java Province, Indonesia. According to the Probolinggo Head of Department of Fisheries and Marine Resources Deddy Isfandi, of the 32 long-fin pilot whales which had become stranded, 8 died and 24 were successfully pushed out to sea. (Photo by Shalasah Talista/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Rescuers pull dead whales ashore in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia, Thursday, June 16, 2016 during a mass rescue operation of stranded whales. Most of more than 30 stranded whales were managed to be pulled into the deep sea, an official said. (AP Photo/Trisnadi)
Indonesian environmental activists try to help a group of short-finned pilot whales who came ashore during a high tide in Probolinggo, East Java province on June 16, 2016. Eight pilot whales have died after a mass stranding on the coast of Indonesia's main island of Java that sparked a major rescue operation, an official said on June 16. Thirty-two of the short-finned pilot whales came ashore during high tide early on June 15 in Probolinggo, East Java province. / AFP / JUNI KRISWANTO (Photo credit should read JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images)
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JAKARTA, June 16 (Reuters) - Most of the 29 whales trapped in an Indonesian mangrove swamp on Thursday managed to free themselves or were gently helped out to sea as the tide rose, fisheries officials said.

Villagers on the east of Java island helped fisheries staff free the pilot whales that became trapped at low tide.

"Today, of the 29 beached whales, seven died, four were helped back out to sea and 18 were able to swim back themselves," the World Wildlife Fund said in a statement.

Rescuers in Indonesia battle to save beached whales

Officials said they did not know why the whales ventured into the mangrove swamp. Residents said whales were rarely seen in the area.

Whale beachings, while unusual, have been seen in other parts of Indonesia.

This year, a four-tonne, 16-meter (52 foot) sperm whale was found dead on a beach on the resort island of Bali.

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