Scores of short-finned pilot whales started coming ashore at Panadura, 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Colombo, on Monday afternoon, and authorities have been mobilized to assist them again to sea.

Locals joined officers from Sri Lanka’s navy and coast guard in tending to the whales.

Sri Lanka’s Marine Surroundings Safety Authority (MEPA) instructed AFP information company that it was the biggest single pod of whales stranded within the South Asian nation.

“It is extremely uncommon for such a big quantity to succeed in our shores,” MEPA chief Dharshani Lahandapura instructed AFP, including that the reason for the stranding was not identified.

Rescue groups labored by way of the evening with help from the navy, coast guard, lifeguards, and residents.

“On the request of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne, Jet skis offered by a neighborhood water sports activities membership have been utilized to drag the whales again into the ocean all through the day and evening,” the Sri Lanka Navy assertion mentioned.

The dying of 4 whales is being investigated. The navy mentioned that the whales may need adopted one whale off target and grow to be stranded.

In September, almost 500 whales beached in Tasmania, Australia, in that state’s largest ever beaching. At the least a 3rd died throughout rescue makes an attempt.

Whales are extremely social animals and journey in pods, however the causes of mass strandings should not clear.