- Posted August 25, 2013 by
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Body of large Bryde’s Whale found along Pakistan coast
Local fishermen found floating a decomposed body of 33 meter long Bryde’s Whale in a lagoon of Arabian Sea, along the Pakistan coast.
The local fishermen of Pakistan’s southern province Balochistan towed the whale carcass out of the lagoon, where it is rotting.
The decomposed corpse was shattered into the pieces and it was lying on beach like a huge size blanket. The local said that in quest for finding ambergris, which a rare substance produced by whales and is used in making perfumes, the local fishermen have removed a major part of the belly.
Cetacean experts have yet to find that how it was entered into the lagoon, as whales rarely enter into creek or lagoon area.
Cetacean experts of World Wildlife Fund for Nature, Pakistan rushed to the site to inspect the wale and also to collect its samples for DNA.
Whales are important marine mammals found in the oceanic waters all over world. Bryde’s whale is one of the five species of large whales found in the warm waters of Arabian Sea along the Pakistan coast. Among the other species, which found along Pakistan coast, are Blue whale, humpback and three different types of Baleen whale, a unique whale without having teeth and feed on small animals and fishes.
Muhammad Moazzam Khan, who heads Pakistan Whale and Dolphin Society and also an expert of WWF-Pakistan, visited the site. He said that the team has collected the samples of tissues and bones and will be sent abroad for DNA analysis.