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81 WHALES BEACH ON TN COAST, 45 DIE, REST PUSHED BACK INTO SEA
January 13, 2016
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1.A school of shortfinned pilot whales beached on Tiruchendur coast in southern Tamil Nadu on Monday night and Tuesday morning, setting off a massive rescue effort by officials and fishermen over a 16km stretch of sand.

2.2.Of the 81 whales washed ashore, 45 were dead by afternoon despite efforts to save them. Weighing from 1,000 to 1,500kgs and about 4metres in length, these enormous sea mammals struggled for life as rescuers made valiant attempts to push them back into the water. Eventually , 36 of them were guided back into the sea though it was not clear how many of them survived.