Forty-Four were shot, but police had to clear 55 dead bodies. I imagine they were quite busy cleaning up.
In all the years I have been involved in protecting Second Amendment rights in the good old US of A, I have not seen pictures of a worse, in sheer numbers, deliberate killing by any criminal, let alone the police.
In fact, this massacre was so bad that several environmental related groups and local people complained. Eventually, at least one group agreed with the police action.
I have a question: Did the police need hunting or fishing licenses to shoot 44 of the beached false killer whales?