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Sri Lanka Navy, coastguard, and local rescuers returned over 100 whales to sea after they had been beached on Panadura Beach.

Source: Reuters/Youtube

According to the Sri Lanka Navy, around 100 whales were reported beached on November 2. Naval personnel directed the rescue efforts that included coast guard, naval teams, lifeguards, police and volunteer rescuers. The rescuers worked overnight and into the morning to make sure they whales made it safely back into the water.

The species rescued were “short-finned pilots,” and it is believed they got beached when they followed a whale that lost its course.  The group worked to get the whales back into deeper ocean waters.

Unfortunately, four whales died during the rescue. The Department of Wildlife Conservation is currently investigating their deaths.

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