A whale weighing 15 tonnes and stretching over 12 metres has been found dead and washed up on a beach in Jebel Ali.
The animal has been identified as a male Bryde’s whale and has now been recovered from Jebel Ali.
An autopsy has been carried out on the whale, but it seems to have died of natural causes. There was no clear evidence of ‘ship strikes’ or ‘marine debris.’
The Bryde whale is relatively rare globally but is often found in the Arabian Gulf and Sea. And the autopsy is being done to help understand the ‘condition and ecology of this species in the region.’
“This work on the autopsy of the Bryde’s whale was part of a programme launched by the Environment and Protected Areas Authority named Sharjah Stranding Response Programme. The purpose of the necropsy is to identify the causes of death and for other scientific research purposes,” said Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, Chairperson of the Environment and Protected Areas Authority.
“The Bryde’s whales have smooth bodies with dark grey skin on top, and white skin on the bottom, and they are found only in the Indo-Pacific region.”
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