[MARMAM] Baleen Whale body beached in Chittagong, Bangladesh

Mowgliz mowgliz at gmail.com
Mon Jul 30 13:24:23 PDT 2007


Deal all,

We post the following, hoping for a species ID.
These photos were taken by "Shahariar Md. Shahbuddin"

Thanks

Rubaiyat Mansur Mowgli
Project Co-ordinator
Bangladesh Cetacean Diversity Project.

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newspaper articles published in "The
Daily Star", 30.July 2007:

Large blue whale found dead on Ctg beach
Staff Correspondent, Ctg

A dead blue whale was found on Kattali sea beach of Pahartali yesterday,
which
zoologists termed unusual for Bangladesh territory.
"From the picture, I guess the whale could be around 50 feet long. I think
it
was swept away to Bangladesh water territory from the Indian Ocean after
succumbing to its injuries," said Md Monzoorul Kibria, an assistant
professor of
zoology in Chittagong University.

"It is a blue whale that is generally found in the Indian Ocean, South
Pacific
Ocean, Atlantic Ocean and deep in the Bay of Bengal," he said.

Local fisherman Sujan Jaldas, who first noticed the whale near the sea shore
at
around 1:30am, said, "I along with some fellow fishermen was fishing in the
sea
near the Kattali coast when I suddenly noticed something very big floating
around our trawler.

We got frightened and soon left the area for the shore."

"In the morning we went to the shore again to have a glimpse of the animal.
It
was so big, really awesome!" Sujan said.

The spot at Rani Rasmoni Ghat assumed a festive look as people from
neighbouring
areas rushed to see the whale. Some boys climbed on it and started dancing.

There were injury marks on the whale's abdomen.

A grown-up blue whale (valaenoptera musculus) can be 110-foot long and can
swim
up to 50 km per hour, Prof Kibria said.

He urged the authorities to preserve at least the bones of the whale at some
museum.

Pahartali police said they had informed all the authorities concerned about
the
whale.


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