40 whales die in mass stranding on Indian island

By AFP
Published: October 25, 2012
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In this handout photograph released by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Department of Environment and Forestry on October 25, 2012, over 40 short-finned pilot whales lie on the beach in a mass stranding on the west coast of the remote Indian Andaman islands in the Bay of Bengal on October 25, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

In this handout photograph released by the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Department of Environment and Forestry on October 25, 2012, over 40 short-finned pilot whales lie on the beach in a mass stranding on the west coast of the remote Indian Andaman islands in the Bay of Bengal on October 25, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI: About 40 whales died in a mass stranding on the west coast of India’s remote North Andaman island in the Bay of Bengal, wildlife officials said on Thursday.

“The short-finned pilot whales were found by fishermen who alerted us and investigations show it was a case of mass stranding,” said Ajai Saxena, a wildlife official in Port Blair, capital of the islands.

Saxena said no previous mass stranding had been reported in the Andamans, but that it was a natural phenomenon that occurs when whales get disoriented and are unable to swim back into deep water.

Stranding is also thought to occur when a pod follows a sick or an injured whale into the shallows, experts say.

Emergency teams and local volunteers headed to the beach near Elizabeth Bay on the North Andaman island where the whales were stranded, but they were unable to help.

“The mammals are so heavy, it is impossible to move them back to the waters,” Saxena told AFP.

A post-mortem has been conducted on one of adults, which weighed two tonnes.

The Andaman and Nicobar islands are Indian territory, though they are at least 600 miles (1,000 kilometres) from the mainland and are closer to the coast of Myanmar.

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  • Raw is War
    Oct 25, 2012 - 8:02PM

    so sad.

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  • Falcon
    Oct 25, 2012 - 9:35PM

    Poor whales. Certainly sad.

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  • Indian Wisdom
    Oct 25, 2012 - 10:04PM

    “The Andaman and Nicobar islands are Indian territory, though they are at least 600 miles (1,000 kilometres) from the mainland and are closer to the coast of Myanmar.”

    But why is AFP so sad about this fact??? or should these islands be part of Myanmar instead ???

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  • gp65
    Oct 25, 2012 - 10:08PM

    Sad.

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  • Oct 25, 2012 - 10:12PM

    may their souls rest in peace!

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  • Cynical
    Oct 25, 2012 - 11:06PM

    @Indian Wisdom

    ‘But why is AFP so sad about this fact??? or should these islands be part of Myanmar instead ???’

    Are you not sad? or are you smelling a conspiracy here???

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  • afghani kid
    Oct 25, 2012 - 11:36PM

    @Indian Wisdom: exactly!!!!!!!1 afp seems sad here…… maybe coz pakistan doesn’t have islands and these islands give india a large control of indian ocean………….

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  • ISITALIBANCONSPIRACYISLAMPAKISTAN
    Oct 26, 2012 - 3:16PM

    Grow up Indians.
    A bunch of whales died, and that’s sad.
    No conspiracy. Learn to take it as you dish it.

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