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Sperm whale found dead after being freed by Taiwanese rescuers

Sperm whale found dead after being freed by Taiwanese rescuers

Taipei, Oct. 18 (CNA) A sperm whale that was rescued off the coast of Chiayi County last week was found dead at sea Sunday, according to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA), which was part of the effort to release the stranded whale. Local fishermen discovered the carcass of the 15-meter-long whale on a shoal in an area south of Bajhang River (???) estuary, the CGA said. An examination of the carcass confirmed that it was the same the sperm whale that had become stranded near the shoreline of Chiayi on Oct. 15, the coast guard said. A team of coast guard personnel and marine experts had rescued the whale and released it back into the open sea the same day. Wang Jian-ping, director of the Taiwan Cetacean Society and Marine Biology and Cetacean Research Center at National Cheng Kung University, said the whale may have been injured before it became stranded. Authorities are now trying to tow the carcass to Budai Harbor, after which it will be shipped to the research center in Tainan for autopsy, Wang said. Whales can become stranded for many reasons, including illness, injury, weather conditions, and sonar disruption of their ability to communicate with others in their pod, according to marine experts. (By Huang Kuo-fang and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-26 08:01 GMT+08:00