People stand near two among the dozens of whales that have washed
ashore on the Bay of Bengal coast's Manapad beach in Tuticorin district, Tamil Nadu state, India
Officials in India has said more than 80 whales are stranded off the country’s Southern coast. The top government official in the port town of Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu state, M. Ravi Kumar said that officials had rescued and taken at least 36 of the mammals back to sea, but that they appeared to be disoriented, with some finding their way back to the beach. In addition, short-finned pilot whales travel in groups or pods, and that the absence of a leader confuses the group.