Seeing their plight, locals have worked tirelessly to help the remaining mammals who are still alive return home.
"The older ones that succumbed to injures returned, but the younger ones responded well," Deepak Bilgi, wildlife warden of the Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park, who led rescue efforts, said to Al Jazeera. "Scientists investigating say it is disorientation. However we have sent one of the whales for autopsy."
With luck, scientists will discover the real reason the whales are beaching, and save more of the animals in the process.