In two small stretches in the sand, the 81 short-finned pilot whales that died on January 12 and 13 off Manapad coast in the Gulf of Mannar in southern Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district were given a mass burial. Small mounds of sand mark the graves. Litter flies over them. A church overlooks the graves. Some distance away, a lighthouse stands. The wind carries the smell of putrefying fish guts and bleach. As officials moved on after burying the whales, the fishermen poured bleach to quell