Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Berhampur, Feb 4:
A dead whale of 33 feet long washed ashore near Bateswar Temple adjacent to Kantiagada village under Ganjam block in Odisha yesterday.
The whale is suspected to have died in the deep waters of Bay of Bengal after being hit by a ship.
Berhampur Divisional Forest Officer Asish Kumar Behera along with other officials of the department rushed to the spot and began their investigation.
No decision has been taken whether the dead mammal will be preserved or buried. We have communicated with the officials of Regional Museum of Natural History, Bhubaneswar whether to preserve the skeleton of the whale as earlier also a whale has been preserved at the museum. We would take a decision in this regard after getting response from them, a forest official said.
It may be mentioned that this is the third such incident where a whale has washed ashore at Ganjam-Gopalpur coast.
In April 2007, a gigantic dead mammal measuring around 45 feet was spotted along the Gopalpur coast. Similarly, another dead whale of nearly 32 feet was found later in May that year.
Yesterday, 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.