There has been widespread sadness expressed as seven of the Pilot Whales that became beached at Ballyness Bay, Falcarragh yesterday morning were buried on the beach this morning.
The seven Pilot Whales were buried at the location they became beached, despite the valiant rescue efforts from marine experts and locals yesterday.
Gardaí have now cordoned off the location where the Pilot Whales have been buried.
The scene today at Ballyness Bay is a stark contrast to yesterday.
Hundreds of people packed the beach to help with the rescue efforts in any way they could.
Today, only a handful of people are on the beach as the five remaining Whales are being left to die.
The Whales who were re-floated at one point yesterday became beached again late yesterday evening.
The decision was then made by marine experts that the best thing to do was to let the Whales die of natural causes.
The five remaining Whales are still alive but are slowly dying on the beach.
Two diggers used to bury the seven Whales earlier this morning, have remained on location and are waiting for the other five Whales to die, and they will also be buried on the beach.
Locals believe that one of the Whales successfully returned to sea, but sadly 12 Whales will now die on Ballyness Bay.