A 47-feet-long Blue Whale was rescued from the sea along a beach in Maharashtra's coastal Konkan and was successfully put back into the deep waters. Around 100 fishermen ensured that the whale was safely pushed back in the ocean on Sunday.
The over 15 tonnes' whale had drifted into shallow waters near the Jaitapur power plant in Ratnagiri district.
"It appeared emaciated and must have drifted some days ago. But since this is an isolated spot, it was spotted on Saturday and we were informed by the locals," N Vasudevan, chief conservator, mangrove conservation cell, said.
Rescue operations using boats and fishing nets were carried out on Monday. The operation lasted six hours and the whale was led into the deep seas.
This is the second successful rescue of a Blue Whale in the same region, Vasudevan said.