JAN 14, 2016 6:19 PM PST

Dozens of Whales Die on Indian Beach After Getting Stranded

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

In some cases, a whale may be found beaching itself because it’s not entirely healthy and hardly has any energy left to stay afloat in the ocean, but the reason for a pod of 81 whales beaching themselves voluntarily on Manapad beach in Tiruchendur, India, which is located near the country’s southern-most tip, is confusing experts.
 

45 whales confirmed dead after mass beaching in India.


Rescue teams were alerted of the mass beaching and worked hard to tow several of the whales back into the ocean. It’s reported that up to 45 of them passed away on the beach’s several-mile long shore, and many of the others that were rescued actually returned to the beach shortly after.
 
The whales, which were anywhere from 15-23 feet in length, were stranded on the beach’s sand with nowhere to go. Had the rescue teams not showed up, several more would have likely died in the event.

“The reason why they came, no one has any idea,” said S.A. Raju, the district forest officer in Tuticorin. “This is the first time this has happened in the area. The whales were being constantly pulled toward the sea but they kept coming back. The local fishermen helped. If they had not sounded the alarm, all 81 of them would have died.”

Investigations are taking place to found out why exactly so many of the whales didn’t want to be in the water, and would rather have died on the beach. Those that didn’t make it are being buried close to the shore with heavy duty digging equipment.

Some theories suggest that the pod may have been met by a huge ship, although since beachings are typically health-related, it’s still a somewhat unsure answer. One thing that certainly has experts scratching their heads is the sheer number of whales that decided to take on the beaching.

Source: NYT

About the Author
Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUL 22, 2022
Genetics & Genomics
200 Years After the Birth of the Father of Genetics
JUL 22, 2022
200 Years After the Birth of the Father of Genetics
In recent years, the field of genetics has undergone a revolution. But it started with one man, Gregor Mendel.
AUG 01, 2022
Plants & Animals
Plant-based Products Healthier and More Environmentally Sustainable
AUG 01, 2022
Plant-based Products Healthier and More Environmentally Sustainable
A new review study conducted by a research team at the University of Bath shows that plant-based food products (think: t ...
AUG 19, 2022
Earth & The Environment
Time is Running out to Save East Antarctica from Climate Change
AUG 19, 2022
Time is Running out to Save East Antarctica from Climate Change
In a recent study published in Nature, a international team of researchers from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, a ...
SEP 01, 2022
Cannabis Sciences
Drinking Weed Without Overdoing it
SEP 01, 2022
Drinking Weed Without Overdoing it
How many cannabis infused beverages can a person consume without going too far? Here's what to look out for.
SEP 07, 2022
Cannabis Sciences
How Cannabis Can Help Ease Menopause
SEP 07, 2022
How Cannabis Can Help Ease Menopause
Can the cannabis plant help with the symptoms and duration of menopause? Here's how some say that the plant provides rel ...
SEP 16, 2022
Plants & Animals
CBD for Treating Estrogen Deficiency in Postmenopausal Women
SEP 16, 2022
CBD for Treating Estrogen Deficiency in Postmenopausal Women
Despite many of the stigmas it carries, cannabis and its various compounds have been explored for a variety of health an ...
Loading Comments...