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About 50 whales were found dead Wednesday after they beached for a second time in Chiba Prefecture, despite an earlier attempt to redirect them to the sea, an official said.

The dead whales were among a pod of about 70 melon-headed whales, which resemble dolphins, that had first beached themselves in Ichinomiya early Tuesday morning, said Ichinomiya official Mieko Ishii.

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