About a 100 whales have been washed ashore in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, since last night. According to latest news reports, 36 of them have been rescued while 45 have died.
According to officials, the fishermen managed to drag many of them back to the sea. However, they keep returning to the shores near Manapadu and Kallamozhi villages.
Senior district official Ravi Kumar, who visited Manapadu, said the small fin whales that came to the shore appeared disoriented. He added that this is the first time that so many have been beached.
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, the 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).