A 17 meter sperm whale long died after beaching in a bali beacha conservation official reported on Sunday, making it the third whale to strand on the Indonesian island in just over a week.
The male sperm whale washed up on Yeh Leh beach in the Jembrana district of western Bali on Saturday afternoon. He will be buried on land located one kilometer from the place where he was found, but before the corpse will undergo a necropsythe head of the Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) of the Jembrana regency, Putu Agus, told EFE by telephone.
“At the moment we are trying to drag the body to the shore to facilitate the autopsy test and we will bury it once it is finished,” Permana Yudiarso, a local official from the marine and fishing sector, told AFP on Sunday.
It’s about the third whale to run aground in Bali, a popular holiday destination, in April alone.
On Wednesday, an 18-meter male sperm whale was stranded in the Klungkung district of Bali’s eastern coast.
Before, a Bryde’s whale from more than two tons of weight and at least 11 meters in length washed up on a Tabanan beach on April 1; The corpse of her was already rotten when it was discovered by the locals.
Yudiarso told AFP that his initial suspicion is that the sperm whale found on Saturday also died of illness, “just like the whale found stranded a few days ago.”
“The body looked skinny and sickly”, he explained.
Yudiarso said the autopsy would take at least three weeks to complete, but the forensics found hemorrhages in the whale’s lungs and its colon was full of fluids.
Indonesian authorities are investigating the causes behind the animals’ deaths, though suspect they could be linked to weather, fatigue, or injury. “We still cannot know for sure the reasons (for the deaths). Our colleagues from the Ministry of Fisheries are still investigating and the academics from Udayana University are doing the necropsy,” Putu Agus said.
Police have cordoned off the site to prevent people from stealing the mammal’s meat or body parts.
In 2018, a sperm whale was found dead in Indonesia with more than 100 plastic cups and 25 plastic bags in its stomach, raising concerns about the Southeast Asian archipelago’s massive marine litter problem.
Sperm whales are the world’s largest predators and are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as “vulnerable” to danger of extinction.
In 2018, a sperm whale was found dead in Indonesia with more than a hundred cups and plastic bags in its stomach, raising concerns about the country’s massive marine litter problem.
Indonesia is the world’s second largest contributor of marine litter after China.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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