Whale washed ashore on Mumbai's Rajodi Beach

Whale washed ashore on Mumbai’s Rajodi Beach

Villagers along the beach, near Rajodi Nala Sopara, gathered to try to push a stranded whale seven feet into crisis on the beach in shallow waters Thursday.

However, their attempts were in vain because the mammal has continued to be driven ashore by strong waves and died a few hours later.

According to residents, the whale was first seen around 1:30 pm at the beach and local fishermen who saw immediately gathered and began to try to push the mammal into the water, trying to help back into the deep water.

“The waves were too strong and it was very difficult for people approaching the whale in trouble. Nothing seemed to work, although at one point it seemed to have regained its path.

But within seconds, he was pushed by the waves and it was obvious that the whale was too weak to swim back, “a witness said.

James Rodrigues, a 51-year-old resident of Rajodi village, shared this at 15 hours, the whale lay lifeless on the beach.

“Even then, some people tried to push him back into the sea, but they might feel that he did not respond and realized that nothing could be done.

We all felt pain while a beautiful creature died, “he said, adding that upon seeing the whale, hordes of people, among locals and tourists, gathered on the beach.

According to him, they quickly decided to bury the whale while many people have started taking pictures and have asked for more people on the beach.

“We called the firefighters and, with the help of local people, a well was dug and buried the whale because we do not want a complaint or bad smell of the channel to spread,” Rodrigues said.

While the coast has witnessed several streams of marine species, such as turtles, dolphins, porpoises, talking about this latest incident, marine biologists said that, looking at various images on social networks, the female whale appeared to be a dwarf or Spermace a pygmy sperm whale.

Researcher Mihir Sule, a member of the Konkan Research Team for Cetaceans (KCRT) said that both species belong to the genus Kogia and should not be confused with sperm because it was a different family.

These whales are rare to see as they are extremely shy indeed, they also carry a layer of skin just behind the eye that looks like the gills of a shark.

“Although we had the information, I contacted the mangrove cell and talked to the officials and it was decided that we will visit the site on Friday to take tissue samples and we can also identify the exact species after further investigation to the Channel, “he said.

Meanwhile, Ketki Jog, who is also a researcher at KCRT, said that while acknowledging the efforts shown by people trying to push the whale into the sea, he was glad that the injured were not injured.

“The whale has clearly struggled and fortunately it accidentally hit any of the rescue crews, as such impacts could result in serious injuries.

Studies have shown that beached animals are weak and even if they are pushed back to the sea, they may soon land and die, “he said.

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