A 42-feet-long carcass of a ‘rare’ whale washed up the shore at Baidhara Pentha beach in Puri district of Odisha, an official reported on Sunday. The body was recovered by forest officials who were informed by the locals.
“It’s a rare whale shark mostly seen in the Pacific Ocean. The cause of death can be ascertained after the post-mortem examination,” said Satapada Forest Ranger Achyutananda Das. Upon reaching, the officers on call requested the veterinary college doctors to conduct an autopsy to establish the reason of death.
The marine mammal might have died 10-15 days back and the carcass may have washed ashore, Das said. As forest officials used a crane to lift the corpse, a large number of locals thronged the lesser-known beach to catch a glimpse of the whale.
This is the second time this year that a dead whale has washed up on a beach in Puri district. On February 16, a 38 feet whale was found near the mouth of the Mangala river at Puri.