A sperm whale that appeared near the beach in Leighton, Australia, over the weekend died on Tuesday morning local time. Despite the actions taken by the authorities, the animal was unable to swim out to deeper waters on its own. An autopsy of the whale is being considered.
Last weekend at one of the beaches in Leighton, Australia The attention of beachgoers was attracted by a 15-meter sperm whale. Marine biologists called the animal’s appearance in such shallow waters “unusual and dangerous.” As Mark Cugley, spokesman for the state Department of Biological Diversity, Conservation and Attractions, said, quoted by the BBC, experts “realized quite quickly that (the whale – ed.) was not in good condition.”
On Saturday, the sperm whale returned to slightly deeper waters. Two days later, however, it ran aground again. It then appeared on a spit near Rockingham – a town almost 30 kilometers away from the place where it was first observed. Local authorities closed the beaches. Wildlife experts sprayed the whale with water in an attempt to reduce its risk of sunburn.
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The animal was too weak to return to the sea on its own. Despite the efforts of specialists, the sperm whale’s condition was deteriorating. Approximately At 6.30 local time on Tuesday, the whale died. According to Cugley, plans are being made to remove the animal’s carcass from the water.
– We will certainly consider performing an autopsy or other tests after the sperm whale’s death to learn as much as possible about its death and its species, whose presence in this area is quite unusual – added the man.
Currently, sperm whales (Latin Physeter macrocephalus) are considered endangered animals in Australia. Their numbers are slowly recovering after the 19th and 20th century whale hunting came to an end.
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