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Diglipur, North Andaman, Oct 24: 40 False Killer Whales have found dead at Elizabeth Bay (inhabited by 20 Families) area of Shyam Nagar village in Diglipur Island of North Andaman.

To reach Shyam Nagar Village, one has to travel 30 kms from Diglipur Bazaar then in Dinghi one need more than two hours.

False Killer Whales are large “open-ocean dolphins” known to attack and kill others with their distinctive array of 44 teeth.Post Mortem of the bodies is being carried out today.

“We are waiting for the post mortem report. As the area is totally cut off, we are unable to contact the team, which was sent to Shyam Nagar,” the Assistant Commissioner of Diglipur, Dr. Vivek Kumar to ‘Andaman Sheekha’ today.

Dr. Kumar said that initially there were 41 Killer Whale but one whale was pushed back into the sea by villager, which survived the disaster.

Mr. Bimal Das, Panchayati Raj Institute Member from Diglipur Panchayat first saw the dead Killer Whales on 21st Oct, 2012, when he had gone to his brother’s house during Durga Puja.

“I saw something is shining on the beach. I went there with a torch in hand and was horrified with the scene at the sea beach. There were many big fishes lying on the sea beach. Their fins and tail were shining in moon light. Immediately I informed the matter to villagers,” Mr. Das added.

According to Mr. Das, villagers were too scared to see the Killer Whales, which were lying all around on the beach. Some were still in knee deep water. “The villagers tried to push them back into the sea but failed, later they went back. Next day they found as many as 40 whales dead on the beach, some of them were bleeding,” Mr. Das added.

Next day the matter was reported to Dr. Shailesh Kumar, Assistant Fisheries Development Officer, who took up the matter with the Assistant Commissioner of Diglipur, Dr. Vivek Kumar.

On 23rd October at around 5.00 am Dr. Shailesh Kumar, AFDO and Dr. Vivek Kumar, AC Diglipur along with other staffs reached the beach and were shocked to see dead Killer Whales.

“False Killer Whales are very emotional like human beings. They are found in groups. If any of the dolphin is trapped, others show sympathy and other whales follow,” Dr. Shailesh Kumar told media persons at Diglipur today.

Meanwhile the Assistant Commissioner has passed orders to dispose off the dead Killer Whales.

However late yesterday evening DFO, North Andaman told Andaman Sheekha that they have identified the species as Short Finned Pilot Whales, although confirmation is still to come.

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  1. Very sad news. There is still a confusion about the species and there is no hint in your news as to the cause of the death in such a large number.

  2. This is a huge loss of marine ecosystem in the history having died more than 40 nos of pilot whales together. This is a matter of concern and one should really has to investigate the reason behind this huge loss for future point of view of marine ecosystem.

  3. The stranding of cetacean en masse is prognostic of an undersea earthquake of huge impact. I have often espoused that whale / dolphin deaths in large numbers presages cataclysmic natural disasters such as earthquake, tsunami or volcano. I wouldn’t at all, if within three weeks or thereabouts, some part of Southeast Asia is rocked by a massive jolt or a possible undersea tectonic plate shift that will trigger a titanic tsunami anywhere along the rim of the Arabian Sea. I have posted numerous notes on the connection / link between cetacean stranding and earthquakes a number of times on nathistory – india and other sites. Each and every take of mine has turned out to be uncannily correct, including the Sumatran tsunami that left 250,000 dead in Asia less than a decade ago, the New Zealand quakes and the Indonesian volcano

    Dr. Arunachalam Kumar, Mangalore

  4. this is a msg posted by dr.arunachallam on bngbirds:-

    The stranding of cetacean en masse is prognostic of an undersea earthquake of huge impact. I have often espoused that whale / dolphin deaths in large numbers presages cataclysmic natural disasters such as earthquake, tsunami or volcano. I wouldn’t at all, if within three weeks or thereabouts, some part of Southeast Asia is rocked by a massive jolt or a possible undersea tectonic plate shift that will trigger a titanic tsunami anywhere along the rim of the Arabian Sea.

    I have posted numerous notes on the connection / link between cetacean stranding and earthquakes a number of times on bngbirds and other natural history sites. Each and every take of mine has turned out to be uncannily correct, including the Sumatran tsunami that left 250,000 dead in Asia less than a decade ago, the New Zealand quakes and the Indonesian volcano

    Dr. Arunachalam Kumar, Mangalore

  5. Dr Arunachalam Kumars claim has a periodical history behind his information on the subject and this should be taken well into into consideration and investigated further in collision with the concerned Central Ministries of Environment and Fisheries and further researched with experts on the scientific reasons on the death of these False Killer Whales .

    Usually such mass deaths happens when their ecosystem is being disturbed by natural phenomena or by any foreign man made disturbance .To avoid such disasters in marine life and to preserve the ecosystem we need to have right information and the remedial measures for its non occurrence . If not paid heed now to the situation at the right time , we may loose a fragile marine ecosystem which is being exploited by every one .
    This article brings to light the plight of the less privileged marine life which we human being often give less importance in our lives who often forgets the fact that they are a very important factor in our ecosystem of life’s existence to complete the human chain .

    The journalist covering this article has to be well commended for his sincere work and coverage . Indeed a great piece of article and informative too .Suggest to follow up on the technical and scientific reason with the concerned and the action taken measures to be published to avoid such loss of precious marine life in future .

    Regards
    Roby George , Dubai – UAE.

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