A senior forest official said the mammal had stranded in three-feet shallow waters along the beach at Kolthare village in Dapoli tehsil of Ratnagiri district on February 1 and was rescued same day by the locals and marine experts.

"The whale was tied to two boats and taken around three km into the sea," N Vasudevan, Chief Conservator of Forests (mangrove cell) told media. After the recent incidents involving deaths of stranded whales, this is the first incident where one has been rescued, the IFS officer said.

Last week, a nearly 37-feet-long bryde's whale, weighing 20 tonne, had died after being washed ashore to Juhu beach and was buried beyond the high tide line there. The Bryde's Whale is an endangered species found in the Arabian Sea.

Carcasses of 38 Baleen Whales were washed ashore recently near Tiruchendur beach in Tamil Nadu while more than 250 stranded whales were pushed back into the deep sea.

In June last year, a 42-feet-long blue whale was washed ashore at Revdanda coast, about 17 km south of Alibaug in neighbouring Raigad district. Forest officials had contacted marine biologists after spotting the whale while it was struggling to survive. However, the whale died later.

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