Villagers in Sri Lanka defy COVID curfew to save beached whales

VILLAGERS in Sri Lanka defy COVID curfew to save more than 100 beached whales, according to Sri Lanka’s navy.

A navy spokesman told Reuters on Tuesday, November 3 that the villagers defied the Covid curfew and waded into the breaking surf in order to push the poor struggling whales back into the sea at Panadura, south of the capital, Colombo.

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

The incident happened on Monday, November 2, when the large group got stranded on a beach on the island’s southwest coast, thankfully the fast-acting Sri Lankan villagers were there to save the beached whales.


Sadly, four whales died during the brave and dramatic rescue operation.

Fisherman Upul Ranjith said: “I was fishing when I saw a dark patch and about 100 came ashore.

“I don’t know why this has happened. It’s never happened before. This is the first time I’ve seen it.”

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