Posted by: The ocean update | October 8, 2016

42-feet dead baleen’s whale washes ashore at Ratnagiri’s Guhagar beach (India)

Image Credit - Mid-Day

Image Credit – Mid-Day

October 8th, 2016. It is quite noteworthy that in last few years there have been several instances when dead marine creatures were found at various beaches in Maharashtra.

Mumbai – A decomposed body of a 42-feet long baleen’s whale was washed ashore at Guahagar beach in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra on Friday morning. The body of the whale was spotted by local fishermen who informed the forest department about the same. According to news agency PTI, the forest department confirmed about a dead whale being found at the beach and said, “On Friday morning, the body of a whale came at the shore on the Guhagar beach”. After the whale was spotted at the beach local villagers gathered at the shore and started clicking a picture of the same.

“The whale was found dead on Friday morning. The forest officials along with district collectorate carried out the initial investigation to find out the exact cause of the death. On the same day the whale was buried on the beach”, Ratnagiri District Collector Pradeep Prabhakar told PTI. After villagers staying near the beach complained of foul odour some alerted the police after which cops and local forest officials were rushed to the spot, Prabhakar added. Earlier last month there was a similar case observed in Jaigarh port in Maharashtra, where a whale had come ashore but with the help of locals and forest officials, the whale was sent back into the deep sea. According to Prabhakar, the whale found dead on Friday could have disorientated and beached itself.

It is quite noteworthy that in last few years there have been several instances when dead marine creatures were found at various beaches in Maharashtra. The state government do not have the facility to conduct an autopsy on them (Ed Sibylline : but the country wins a lot of money, authorizing seismic prospection along its coasts) for which several NGO’s are demanding that there is a better of an expert to conduct autopsy so that the main reason behind the death of these marine creatures is revealed. Some experts believe that there have been several reasons behind the deaths and it is difficult for them to give an exact reason behind their death unless there is a proper system in place.

Image Credit - Mid-Day

Image Credit – Mid-Day

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