October 2nd, 2016 (Fahad Al Mukrashi). Muscat : An Omani fisherman rescued a 25-foot humpback whale (Ed Sibylline : a sperm whale, thanks Leanne and Cetal for paying attention) payafter it beached in the Yinkit village of the Muscat province on Wednesday. Speaking to Gulf News on Sunday, Sultan Al Hasni, 28, said it took him five long hours to tow the approximately 30-tonne animal.
“I had to tow the stranded whale with the help of my fishing boat. I had to change the rope five times as the whale was stuck in the rocks. Each time I tried to tow it, the rope broke,” said Al Hasni.
“The whale was trying to move but I think he was too weak to swim back into deeper water,” he said.
Al Hasni said it was his first time seeing a beached whale.
Video of Al Hasni rescuing the whale went viral on social media. Many users praised him for his bravery and called him a “hero”.
Humpback whales inhabiting the Arabian Sea are the most genetically distinct humpback whales in the world and may be the most isolated whale population on earth, according to the Environment Society of Oman (ESO).
ESO, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) research in 2014 revealed that they have remained separate from other humpback whale populations for perhaps 70,000 years, extremely unusual in a species famed for long distance migrations.
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries figures shows that Oman is home to almost 20 species of whales and dolphins, accounting for over a quarter of the world’s species.
There are no current figures about the exact number of humpback whales in the Omani waters.
Bryde’s Whales or Tropical Whales, Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, Sperm Whales, Dwarf Sperm Whales, Cuvier’s Beaked Whale, Pygmy Killer Whales, Melon-Headed Whales and False Killer Whale are the famous types of whales that visit Omani waters.