Pilot whale stranding in Sri Lanka after cyclone
May 31, 2017 21:48 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)
ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's Eastern Sampur coast has seen pod of around 20 whales stranding themselves a day after a cyclonic storm lashed the island.
Pictures published by the Sri Lanka Navy and local media show what appears to be pilot whales beaching themselves repeatedly with sailors and other men trying to push them back to the sea.
Large pods of pilot whales have been sighted in the seas around Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is also one of the easiest places in the world to see blue whales.
Pilot whales are notorious for mass stranding, but the cause remains a mystery.
Among explanations is bad weather, shallow waters or gently slanting beaches that confuse their echolocation organs, following a sick member of the pod to shore or damaged echolocation organs from naval sonar.