Sri Lankan naval officials and local residents save pod of 20 stranded whales
Heartwarming video shows the moment Sri Lankan Navy officials rescuing and pushing back about 20 pod of whales after the mammals were washed up on a coast in the island country.
The whales were stranded on the Sampur coast near the port of Trincomalee and officials said the task to push them back in to the deeper waters was a delicate.
“It was a happy ending after the whales were pushed back in to the deeper water delicately without hurting them,” said Navy spokesman Chaminda Walakuluge.
The naval official was not clear about why the mammals got stranded in the area but noted that the sea was rough due to the effects of Cyclone Mora in the Bay of Bengal.
More than half a million people have been displaced by the Cyclone Mora which brought heavy rain and damaging winds to western Myanmar and Bangladesh on Monday and Tuesday.
In 2011, two navy boats were deployed to guide a sperm whale after it was stranded inside the Trincomalee harbour. The mammal was successfully reunited with waiting whales in the deeper waters.
160 miles northeast of capital city of Colombo, Trincomalee is a natural harbour and is also a popular tourist spot for whale watching.
The location is also famous as the two world’s largest mammals – elephants and whales are found here.