Nation Current Affairs 12 Jan 2016 Carcass of 30 baleen ...

Carcass of 30 baleen whales found washed ashore

PTI
Published Jan 12, 2016, 1:06 pm IST
Updated Jan 12, 2016, 4:52 pm IST
In August last year, the carcass of a 33-feet-long whale washed up on a beach near a village in Nagapattinam district.
The fishermen dragged many of the beached whales back into the sea but they keep returning to the shores near Manapadu and Kallamozhi villages.
 The fishermen dragged many of the beached whales back into the sea but they keep returning to the shores near Manapadu and Kallamozhi villages.

Tuticorin: Carcasses of 30 baleen whales were found washed ashore near the Tiruchendur beach early on Tuesday while 250 of the same species have been stranded in shallow waters, officials said.

Efforts are on to push the stranded sea mammals into deep waters even as a team of top officials of the fisheries department have rushed to the spot to conduct a probe.

 

"This is an unusual thing...a n unusual mortality incident, we have to find out the reason," Marine Scientist Velumani at the fisheries department, said.

"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, Amal Xavier, said.

 

"We have to study the health of the stranded whales and also the eco-system. The study would require the help of oceanographic experts also," Velumani said.

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Location: India, Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin




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