The last of the around 100 pilot whales that were stranded on the shore near Panadura were taken out to sea by the Sri Lanka Navy personnel  and volunteers this morning.

Except for two of the animals who were found dead, all the other whales were pushed back to sea.

The school of short-finned pilot whales had washed ashore at Panadura on Monday afternoon in the biggest-ever mass stranding of whales on the island.

Navy personnel worked throughout the night to save the stranded animals 
The exercise in some cases involved tying a rope to the tail of the animal & towing it to sea 
Many volunteers assisted in the rescue operation 
Curious crowds gathered to take a look at one of the dead whales