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Carcass of whale spotted again in Puri

Carcass of a giant-sized 32-feet-long critically endangered whale was washed ashore in Odisha’s idyllic Puri temple town beach.

The sighting of the ‘dead’ whale comes close on the heels of a similar sighting barely a fortnight back.

The species figures in the list of IUCN Red list of threatened marine species. The mammal is a schedule-I species under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

There are visible signs of injury marks on the badly maimed aquatic animal. In every likelihood, it perished after being hit by the propellers of sea-worthy vessel, said forest officials.

The mammal weighed around 10 ton. A crane had to be pressed into service to remove the marine animal’s body. The forest department is planning to preserve the skeletal remains of the mammal for posterity, said a senior official of forest department.

After necessary legal formalities like post mortem work is over, we would seek suggestion from department high-ups regarding preservation of the skeletal remains of the whale, the official said.

Many curious villagers including fishermen thronged the beach to witness the giant whale.

The local forest officials were apprised by some villagers about the dead whale for which some forest guards and officials rushed to the beach to examine  the dead giant marine species.

The whale was highly decomposed and had scars and evidence of previous entanglements. Entanglements are common with this particular type of species because of their feeding habits.  The forest officials will    take samples from the animal in order to determine the cause of death, added the forest officer.
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