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