Rescued sperm whale dies in Indonesia

Jul 30, 2012
Image provided by the Jakarta Animal Aid Network shows rescuers trying to free a sperm whale (C) stuck in shallow waters at Pakis Jaya beach in West Java on July 27. The whale, which was rescued and returned to sea after being stranded for four days, has died, a rescuer said Monday.

A sperm whale that was rescued and returned to sea after being stranded for four days in shallow waters off the coast of West Java in Indonesia has died, a rescuer said Monday.

Fishermen found the 11-metre (36-feet) whale in waters near the beach in Muara Gembong Sunday evening, "dozens of miles" from the Pakis Jaya beach where it had been stranded, said Benvika, a rescuer from the Jakarta Animal Aid Network.

"We sent a team to check the reports. They arrived early this morning and confirmed that the whale was dead and it was the same as the one we rescued," he told AFP.

"We suspect it was exhausted and hungry and was unable to withstand the strong currents and big waves," he added.

Rescuers and navy divers on Saturday helped the whale return to the sea, pulling it with a tugboat into 20-metre- before releasing it.

"It was in stable condition when we released it. Its breathing rhythm was 40 to 45 seconds, close to the normal breathing rhythm of 60 to 70 seconds. It was also moving well," Benvika, who like many goes by one name, said.

"We tried our best to save it," he added.

Navy divers and had helped the whale back to sea after several failed efforts, hampered by local residents who paid half a US dollar each for boat rides close to the animal.

Some onlookers had jumped onto the whale, causing wounds to its body, and a few fishermen had tried to crudely pull the animal back to sea, also hurting it in the process.

Explore further: Big data and the science of the Christmas tree

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Indonesian rescuers free stranded whale

Jul 29, 2012

Rescuers and navy divers in Indonesia Saturday helped a sperm whale return to the sea after it was stranded in shallow waters off the coast of West Java province for four days.

Onlookers hamper whale rescue in Indonesia

Jul 27, 2012

Rescuers in Indonesia fought Friday to help a sperm whale stuck in shallow waters to return to sea, as their efforts were hampered by local residents arriving on boats and driving it back to shore.

Mexicans return beached whale to sea

Apr 15, 2012

Volunteers and Navy personnel returned a 12-tonne whale to the sea after it became stranded on a beach in the southwestern Mexican city of Oaxaca, officials said Saturday.

S. Africa issues shark warning around washed-up whale

Apr 13, 2012

South African coastal authorities on Friday warned beachgoers around the tourist town of Knysna that sharks were moving into the area, feeding on the remains of a whale that ran ashore two days ago. ...

Whale dies on Belgian beach

Feb 08, 2012

A 13-metre (42-foot) sperm whale died Wednesday after washing up on a Belgian beach, the country's Royal Institute of Natural Science said.

Search on for entangled whale off Calif. coast

Apr 19, 2012

(AP) -- Boats and helicopters scoured the Southern California waters Wednesday for a 40-foot gray whale that became tangled in fishing line while migrating the wrong way.

Recommended for you

Big data and the science of the Christmas tree

1 hour ago

Often called the "Cadillac of Christmas trees," the Fraser Fir has everything a good Christmas tree should have: an even triangular shape, a sweet piney fragrance, and soft needles that (mostly) stay attached ...

Study shows starving mantis females attract more males

Dec 17, 2014

A study done by Katherine Barry an evolutionary biologist with Macquarie University in Australia has led to the discovery that a certain species of female mantis attracts more males when starving, then do ...

African swine fever threatens Europe

Dec 17, 2014

African swine fever, or ASF, is a viral disease that kills almost every pig it infects and is likened to Ebola. It gained a foothold in Georgia in 2007, when contaminated pig meat landed from a ship from ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.