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2 whales found off Vietnam coast, 1 released back into sea

Two whales, each weighing around one ton, have been caught off the central coast of Vietnam over two days this week.


At around 7 a.m. Wednesday, Ngo Van Thuan and Ngo Van Thuy, two fishermen from Quang Binh Province's Le Thuy District spotted a whale stuck in their fishing nets while fishing around 500 meters offshore.


The whale was around five meters long.


The fishermen managed to tow the whale to the shore and inform local authorities who persuaded the pair to release it in the sea.


One day earlier, fishermen in Quang Nam Province's Duy Xuyen District spotted a beached whale with some injuries on its belly.


The fishermen tried to push the whale back to sea several times, but it was unable to swim.


As of Wednesday morning, the whale is being treated, but the fishermen said they were afraid that the animal would not survive.


All along the Vietnamese coast, whales are revered and fishermen believe they bring good luck at sea. Any beached whale that dies is buried with honor.


Many coastal provinces have temples dedicated to the gentle giants and festivals are held every year to celebrate them.