Posted by: The ocean update | January 12, 2016

45 Whales Dead, 36 Rescued by Fishermen in Tuticorin (Inde)

Efforts are on to push the stranded sea mammals into deep waters. (Express Photo)

Efforts are on to push the stranded sea mammals into deep waters. (Express Photo)

January 12th, 2016 (Abraham Richard). TUTICORIN : Out of 81 whales (Ed Sibylline : short-finned pilot whales which are dolphins) that had washed up on a beach in Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu, 45 whales have died, while as many as 36 whales have been rescued by the fishermen.

According to officials, the fishermen dragged many of the beached whales back into the sea but they keep returning to the shores near Manapadu and Kallamozhi villages.

In August last year, the carcass of a 33-feet-long whale washed up on a beach near a village in Nagapattinam district. Even in April, carcass of a whale washed ashore at Veppalodai coast which was identified as a ‘Sperm Whale’ by a team of scientists from the Fisheries College and Research Institute (FCRI).

Ed Sibylline : dolphins are already buried, so no necropsy will be performed and seismic prospecters in the area won’t be worried… So cool !

Whales that were washed ashore being buried at Manapad coast in Tuticorin district, Tamil Nadu, on Tuesday. Photo : N. Rajesh

Whales that were washed ashore being buried at Manapad coast in Tuticorin district, Tamil Nadu, on Tuesday. Photo : N. Rajesh

Other hypothesis (impossible to check without necropsy !) : Possible reason behind 100 whales being stranded and beached (link)

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