Posted by: The ocean update | May 21, 2018

Williamstown whale slaughtered after becoming beached (Australia)

May 21 st, 2018 (David Llewellyn). A pygmy sperm whale has been slaughtered after becoming beached in Williamstown waters on Monday afternoon.

The 2.4 metre-long female sub-adult whale was discovered by a commercial fisherman and reported to authorities who arrived on scene around 3pm.

The rescue operation -involved the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria, Zoos Victoria and Victorian Fisheries Authority.

DELWP incident spokesperson Shane Vandenborna said rescuers were able to release the whale into deeper waters, but it was unable to swim unaided and was listing to one side.

The whale’s body has been taken to Werribee Zoo so a necropsy can be conducted in order to determine what caused the whale to become beached.

Any sightings of stranded or entangled whales should be reported to the whale and dolphin emergency hotline on 1300 136 017.

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