Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Puri, Feb 9:
A nearly 50-feet giant dead whale was found along the Motagaon coast under Brahmagiri area in Odisha’s Puri district this morning.
Local villagers spotted the carcass of the whale floating in the sea after which forest officials were informed about the incident.
The villagers fished out the carcass to the shore following which the officials recovered the body and sent it for post-mortem. Later, the body of the aquatic mammal was buried in the soil as it was highly decomposed.
It is suspected that the whale might have been injured after being hit by ships in the deep sea.
Scores of people rushed to the beach to witness the sight. The onlookers were dismayed to see the bleeding whale with multiple injuries on the body.
“We have witnessed in the recent past that dead whales have washed ashore at various coasts across the country. The whales are probably dying due to climate change,” an environmentalist said.
It may be recalled that dead whales had washed ashore at Podampetta coast in Ganjam district and Rajnagar coast in Kendrapara district in a week’s time.
Concerned over this, state Environment and Forest department is all set to move the Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoEF) over the unusual deaths of the whales.