Blue Whale Rescued After Being Washed Ashore In India
On Sunday, near Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Maharashtra’s Ratnagari district, a 47-feet-long blue whale, the largest mammal in the world was rescued with the help of 2 boats by forest staff, NGOs, local people and fishermen. The Blue Whale was washed ashore and was lying at the shoreline for over two days before being rescued. It took almost 8 long hours to rescue the mammal and about 50 people were involved in this rescue mission, makeing it one of biggest mammal rescue operations in the country so far.
N Vasudevan, chief conservator of forest, state mangrove cell said, “Four forest officials led the rescue operation along with local NGOs and fishermen, and the whale was pulled into deep sea by Sunday afternoon. The whale was stranded along the shoreline during low tide on Thursday or Friday. We can only assume this because the animal was out of the water when it was found and its ribs were visible.”
N Vasudevan further added that this was one of biggest mammal rescue operations in the country “After the beaching and death of a whale at Juhu, Mumbai and the safe rescue earlier this year from Ratnagiri itself, the sheer size of the mammal makes this the biggest rescue of beached mammal in history.” Says a report in Hindustan Times.
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An injury or an internal parasitic infection could be the reason why this 20 tonnes giant could have lost its navigation abilities and washed ashore. After being rescued, the whale sped back into it’s home (the sea), after spending for over two days in the sea shore, before being spotted by local fishermen. This was the second time a blue whale was rescued along the coast of Maharashtra.