Posted by: The ocean update | January 19, 2016

Stranded whale rescued in northern Vietnam

Salt workers in Nam Dinh Province rescue a beached whale on January 18, 2016. Photo credit: Duc Van/Dan Tri

Salt workers in Nam Dinh Province rescue a beached whale on January 18, 2016. Photo credit: Duc Van/Dan Tri

January 19th, 2016. Nam Dinh salt workers on Monday successfully rescued a beached whale in the northern province.

At around 9 a.m., the workers found the large whale on the shore. It is about five meters long, weighing around three tons, they said.

Many people gathered, trying to bring the whale back to the sea. Local police also joined them.

The whale was successfully rescued half an hour later.

Earlier on Sunday, fishermen in the central province of Binh Dinh found a dead whale caught in their net.

Local fishermen held a funeral ceremony for the 100-kilogram whale on Monday and buried it.

Ed Sibylline (Long Vu) : The whale died two hours after its rescue. The carcass has been cut into small pieces to feed pigs to prevent the odor.

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