73 pilot whales die on Thootukudi's shores
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.