Video: 38 dead baleen whales wash ashore in Tamil Nadu

A team of top officials of the fisheries department have rushed to the spot to conduct a probe.

By: PTI | Tuticorin | Updated: January 13, 2016 1:02 pm
whales, whales tamil Nadu, dead whales Tamil nadu, whales India, Dead whales tamil nadu, tamil nadu, india, india whales, whale bodies, whales in tamil nadu, tamil nadu whales, whales in india, india news Efforts are on to push the stranded sea mammals into deep waters. (Express Photo)

Carcasses of 38 baleen whales were washed ashore near the Tiruchendur beach in this district early today while more than 250 whales stranded in shallow waters were pushed back into the deep sea, officials said.

“This is an unusual thing…an unusual mortality incident, we have to find out the reason,” said Marine Scientist Velumani of the Fisheries Department.

WATCH: Dozens of beached whales die as hundreds wash up on Tamil Nadu coast

Assistant Director of Tuticorin Fisheries Department Amal Xavier said the stranded whales were pushed back to the sea after several hours of hectic effort.

“There could be many reasons…navy sonars could have caused it…or pollution…the reason is not immediately known and we don’t want to speculate,” Assistant Director of Tuticorin fisheries department, Xavier said.

Indian wildlife officials measure one among the dozens of whales that have washed ashore on the Bay of Bengal coast's Manapad beach in Tuticorin district, Tamil Nadu. (Source: AP) Indian wildlife officials measure one among the dozens of whales that have washed ashore on the Bay of Bengal coast’s Manapad beach in Tuticorin district, Tamil Nadu. (Source: AP)

“We also have to study the the eco-system. The study would require the help of oceanographic experts also,” Velumani said.

They said that the whales could have come to the shore due to low tide, which was uncommon in this area.

A thorough investigation would be conducted and report would be submitted to the government regarding whales being washed ashore the officials said.

People look at one among the dozens of whales that have washed ashore on the Bay of Bengal coast's Manapad beach in Tuticorin district, Tamil Nadu state, India, Tuesday, Jan.12, 2016. (Source: AP) People look at one among the dozens of whales that have washed ashore on the Bay of Bengal coast’s Manapad beach in Tuticorin district, Tamil Nadu state, India, Tuesday, Jan.12, 2016. (Source: AP)

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    Balasubramaniam
    Jan 12, 2016 at 10:53 am
    These are not Baleen whales, the teeth can be seen . They are in good likelihood, Long Fin Pilot whales as reported elsewhere. There is so much overfishing off the coast of Tamil Nadu/ Sri Lanka that there are high chances of suicidal stress triggered by absence of natural prey.
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      Mathi Kumar
      Jan 12, 2016 at 10:46 am
      S.P udayakumar of the anti nuclear movement in koodankulam, idinthakarai reports chances of new experiments done in the nuclear reactors on jan 11 which could have released high radiation in the sea water. police and the army equipped with small flights were also present that night.
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        jaihind101
        Jan 12, 2016 at 3:15 pm
        Pollution and sonar main reason
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          Melinda Richards
          Jan 13, 2016 at 7:16 pm
          This is so sad. Very curious about the cause.
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            rajan luthra
            Jan 13, 2016 at 7:29 am
            Human beings shall never be dissuaded from their destructive ways. Whatever be the cause or cost, we just have no concern for nature. So sad to see all such happenings. We are already paying a heavy price for our reckless ways and still not realising our follies.
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              goldenfig
              Jan 17, 2016 at 9:10 am
              What a moorkhapaddhati! Call an emergency meet of the UN General embly to highlight the ongoing ushima extinction process triggered by modern civilization and take immediate required actions. See what is in store for the babies under 1 year age for all types of life and in particular for the human beings at PROGRESSIVE DETERIORATION OF THE GENE POOL IN THE NUCLEAR AGE by google search. Applying the precautionary principle because of the uncertainties involved and selecting a credible scenario similar to that created by atmospheric nuclear tests, I show that all babies born in India by the year 2029 and thereafter will all be dead under the radionuclide pollution created by successive criticalities of the melted cores and the spent fuel pool. Pralaya! Act! A Haiku to urge media to see the truth with courage Express due courage Talk ushima threadbare Time to call the bluff Whales killed babies killed Emergency UN meet Discuss extinction By 2028 Every year all babies born ushima kills!
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                Ranjan Dhas
                Jan 14, 2016 at 7:53 am
                There is a huge Indian Navy project (INS Kattabomman) very close to the place where the whales beached in Tamilnadu. This facility uses similar technology to scan the seas for submarines. Is there any relation to this Navy technology used and the beaching of the whales ? The government should clarify.
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                  RiCky SouSa
                  Jan 31, 2016 at 4:46 pm
                  Turn eco friendly before its late !give me power and i would change this situation ! Cause ! Nature is more important than money ! Turn back ! Join hands with nature ! Just like old days There is a reason why we are said incredible INDIA
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                    SenthilRajesh Subramanian
                    Jan 13, 2016 at 5:10 am
                    Who is the culprit? koodankulam nuclear plant , Darangadara Chemical and Sterlite. What ever the answer don't eat fish from these area. Again the government will not take any step to find and stop the disaster until it stops itself like Bhopal traged
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                      autonomous
                      Jan 12, 2016 at 6:51 pm
                      Does nuclear reactors have link in this issue? Engineers and scientist should ensure safety of the reactors daily. And sea should be kept clean by public, state gov should also put necessary measures to maintain the sea clean.
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                        senthil
                        Jan 12, 2016 at 10:57 am
                        unlikely as it should have effect on other creatures in sea as well
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