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POIGNANT: An earthmover lifting the carcass of a whale along Rameswaram coast on Wednesday for burial.
Rameswaram : It was an `operation burial.' Forest officials on Wednesday took more than 36 hours to bury the carcass of a giant sperm whale, which was washed ashore at Narikuli near Rameswaram on Tuesday.
Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park officials, led by the Warden, V. Thirunavukarasu, reached the shore at Narikuli near here by Tuesday noon.
The carcass weighed between 15 and 20 tonnes with a length of 14.9 metre and a circumference of 6.4 metre.
The officials roped in the service of staff members of Ramanathapuram, Keelakarai and Rameswaram ranges and 20 fishermen.
After post mortem, as the team could not move the carcass even an inch, it hired two earthmovers.
These machines dug a pit 15 metre length, 4 metre in width and 3 metre deep on the shore. Then the earthmovers pushed the dead whale into the pit.
"Though nearly 35 people were involved in the burial, only the earthmovers literally completed the process successfully," said Mr. Thirunavukarasu.
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