A blue whale found near Mumbai Beach, that had washed ashore at the Revdanda beach, south of Alibaug, died after 18 hours in spite of efforts to push it back in the ocean failed. The 42-feet female, eight feet lengthier than a BEST bus – was seen in shallow waters around 10 am on Wednesday. After seeing it local residents informed the authorities.
However, officers were too much confused by the giant whale’s unexpected arrival, and while they eventually recognized it, many confessed they were ill-equipped to handle such a state of affairs.
KP Singh, chief conservator with the forest department in Thane, said, “After examination by various authorities, the creature was identified as a blue whale. “
Officers from the district administration, coast guard and wildlife department got together on the spot around 2pm on Wednesday. They tried over and over again to push it back into the sea but failed as the mammal was enormously heavy and appeared tired. Singh added that the whale found near Mumbai beach died at about 4 am on Thursday.
“As it had been marooned for close to 20 hours, its blow hole may have become blocked, preventing it from breathing,” he said.N Vasudevan, chief conservator, state mangrove cell, examined the dead animal next day. He said the whale may have gone with the flow and drifted too close to the coast because of a pre-existing wound or disease, which could have affected its direction-finding sense.