St. Simons Island

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Multiple Pilot whales (Globicephala melas) repeatedly beached themselves on Georgia’s St. Simons Island Wednesday morning, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. 

While most of the whales were rescued by authorities and onlookers who pulled the animals further into the water, two incapacitated whales need to be euthanized, DNR whale biologist Clay George said in a news release. These whales will be taken for a necropsy. 

Emily Jones / GPB News

St. Simons Island could become Georgia’s next city. It attracts a lot of development. And some residents think only a local city government can make sure developers preserve the island’s character. But as GPB’s Emily Jones reports, not everyone is sold.




  When you drive around St. Simon’s Island, it’s easy to see why people love it. Old live oaks twist and spread their limbs over the roads, with tiny cottages tucked between them.