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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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    1. 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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        1. 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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