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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Sri Lankan Navy and Villagers Rescue More Than 100 Stranded Whales

More than 100 whales had been rescued after they were stranded on a beach on Panadura, south of capital, Colombo, said Sri Lanka’s navy on Tuesday.

More than 100 whales had been rescued after they were stranded on a beach on Panadura, south of capital, Colombo, said Sri Lanka’s navy on Tuesday.

“I was fishing when I saw a dark patch and about 100 came ashore,” Upul Ranjith, a fisherman, said.

The villagers have defied the curfew to help rescue the small whales on Monday. 

They waded into the breaking surf to push them back into the sea.

“We pushed back all of them last night, about 100 to 120 whales,” Captain Indika de Silva, a representative of the navy, said. 

Silva added that four of the whales died during the rescue operation.

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