Volunteers in Sri Lanka defied the ongoing COVID-19 second wave to join a mammoth overnight rescue effort to push more than 100 stranded pilot whales back into the sea. At least five whales were reported to have died despite the efforts.
The whales beached in the southwestern town of Panadura, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from Colombo, on Nov. 2. Local fishers first noticed the unusual scene at around 1:30 p.m.
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