Locals of Mandarmani in West Bengal were left flabbergasted when the carcass of a 35-feet-long critically endangered Sei whale washed ashore in the wee hours of the morning. Here is what we know. By Amitha Ameen
Haunted by this image of the dead rorqual at Bengal’s Mandarmani beach.
This report (https://t.co/6BRp4fcBf6) identifies it as a Sei Whale, though that would put this specimen well out of its known oceanic range. Hope the Forest Dept can confirm the species soon. pic.twitter.com/SDSx7Oe2EU
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) June 29, 2020
Locals and fishermen in East Midnapore’s Mandarmani were shocked to see the carcass of a 35-feet-long endangered Sei whale washed ashore in this famous tourist spot. The Sei Whale belongs to the Baleen whale family and is the third-largest Rorqual after the blue whale and the fin whale.
The Sei whale is usually found in the North Pacific waters and prefers to be deep down under and away from the shores, and avoid tropical and polar waters, making the discovery puzzling for experts who are not sure how it wound up here.
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The Sei whale’s large head laid in a pool of blood and its tail appeared to have injury marks. East Midnapore district officials immediately rushed to the airport, along with the forest, wildlife, and fisheries department.
The authorities are currently deciding on whether they need to bury or preserve the mammal as it is a rare species and should ideally be preserved.
Mandarmani is a seaside resort village in the state of West Bengal and attracts hordes of tourists every year for its spectacular beaches.