Posted by: The ocean update | June 25, 2015

Blue Whale Washed Ashore At Alibaug Beach. Villagers Help While Tourists Click Selfies ! (India)

whale_Mumbai-IndiaJune 25th, 2015 (Vijay Singh). A 42-feet-long blue whale (Ed Sibylline : the pic. shows a humpback whale) was washed ashore at the Revdanda coast, which is 17km south of Alibaug. Forest officials have reportedly asked a marine biologist to identify the whale species.“This big whale was first spotted on the shore on Wednesday afternoon. It was initially showing signs of life, so the villagers tried to push it back in the sea. However, the whale later died,” informed a local resident.

Forest official in-charge of the mangroves cell, N Vasudevan, said: “It is unfortunate that this blue whale was stranded in the shallow sea and eventually died. The blue whales are the biggest species of earth, and can grow up to 100 feet.” Vasudevan added that the dead whale was later buried on the beach at Revdanda.

Around two months ago another dead whale was found at the Uran coast of Raigad district; while several dead dolphins were also found around the Mumbai cost in the recent past.

“It could be due to various factors like marine pollution (Ed Sibylline : like seismic prospection ? See this article : link) in and around the Mumbai coast, or due to severe injuries caused by large fishing trawlers,” said environmentalist D Stalin.

Earlier this year, there was a wave of excitement among scientists after marine biologists from the Cetacean Population Study team had spotted live blue whales in the sea, close to the Konkan coast of Sindhudurg. The blue whale is the largest mammal on this planet.

In the meantime, what was shocking and dismal is that some tourists clicked selfies and stood on top of the whale. Such insensitivity to satisfy a selfie obsession !

Originally published in The Times of India; Image courtesy - Indian Express

Originally published in The Times of India; Image courtesy – Indian Express

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