Approximately 100 pilot whales have been stranded on the west coast of Sri Lanka as rescue operations to push them back into the water.
Rescuers and volunteers ran to rescue around 100 pilot whales that had been stranded on the island nation’s largest mass beach on the west coast of Sri Lanka.
The short-finned pilot whales began to land on the beach on Monday just before dark in Panadura, 25 kilometers south of Colombo. Their number rose to around 100 within an hour, the local police chief Sanjaya Irasinghe told the AFP news agency.
“With the help of the locals, we’re trying to push them back [into the ocean]”Said Irasinghe.” But they keep washing up on land. We get help from the Navy to save these whales. “
Sri Lanka’s Marine Environment Protection Agency (MEPA), which dispatched its officials to help with the rescue operation, said it was the largest single stranded whale pod in the country.
“It is very unusual for such a large number to reach our shores,” MEPA chief Dharshani Lahandapura told AFP, adding that the cause of the stranding was unknown.
“We think this is similar to the September mass stranding in Tasmania.”
The cause of mass strands is unknown, although scientists have studied the phenomenon for decades [Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP]Sri Lanka’s Marine Environmental Protection Agency said it was the largest single whale pod to be stranded in the South Asian country [Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP]The beach of 470 pilot whales in a remote harbor in the southern island state of Tasmania in Australia was the largest in the country.
Approximately 110 of the creatures were rescued in a day-long rescue attempt.
Pilot whales, which can grow up to six meters long and weigh a ton, are very social.
The causes of mass strands are unknown, although scientists have studied the phenomenon for decades.