Over 20 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded off the coast of Fife.
Some were already dead by the time animal rescue teams arrived at the beach in Pittenweem, near St Andrews, but many had to be put down later, the local coastguard said.
Nine of the 30 whales in the mass stranding are being kept alive by vets from British Divers and Marine Life Rescue, with help from the Fife Fire & Rescue Service.
They hope to refloat four of the mammals at high tide this afternoon, the coastguard added.
The public has been urged to stay away to allow the rescue teams to continue their efforts.
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