Posted by: The ocean update | February 13, 2016

Whale calf found dead off Samaná was ’stillborn’ (Dominican Republic )



February 13th, 2016. Samana, Dominican Republic.- A whale calf was found dead Friday in the waters of the Cabo Samaná Natural Monument, where according to the Environment Ministry was apparently stillborn.

In a statement, Environment said a preliminary report on the dead whale’s condition showed that people weren’t involved.

Moreover, the 4.35-meter long calf didn’t show visible signs of entanglement or bruises.

“The calf was found dead floating on the water next to the monument of Talanquera, as confirmed by the provincial director and rangers from that district,” the statement said.

“Apparently, this whale was a few hours old since it still had the umbilical cord. It’s normal during the humpback whales visitation season,” said marine biologist Omar Reynoso, quoted by




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