5-ton whale buried in central Vietnam

By Pham Van, Thanh Nien News

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The body of a five-ton whale being towed to shore in Quang Ngai Province's Ly Son district on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre Newspaper
Fishermen in the central province of Quang Ngai towed a five-ton whale corpse ashore on Sunday.
Truong Dinh Ky, 49, spotted the carcass Friday, during a fishing trip off the coast of the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands, some 170 nautical miles from his home in Ly Son District.
Ky and his crew decided to tow the ten meter, decaying carcass home for a ritual burial at a temple in An Hai Commune.
All along the Vietnamese coast, whales are revered as harbingers of good luck at sea.
Temples and festivals celebrate the creatures all along the Vietnamese coast.

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