73 pi­lot whales die on Thootukudi's shores

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

S E V E N T Y-T H R E E short-fin pi­lot whales died on the Tiruchen­dur beach, south of the port city of Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu. The whales were part of a pod of 81 that were found stranded on the beach by fish­er­folk. Forty-five were al­ready dead by then. The re­main­ing 36 were pushed back into the sea, but 28 again found their way back and died. The last time such an in­ci­dent oc­curred in Thoothukudi was in 1973 when 147 whales died. Most ex­perts have said that one of the an­i­mals could have lost its way due to a fault in its sonar and got stranded ashore. The rest would have fol­lowed suit. Govern­ment vet­eri­nar­i­ans have con­ducted post mortem on the whales and sam­ples have been sent to Chen­nai for fur­ther anal­y­sis.


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