Whale washes up in lagoon

Monday June 18, 2018 Written by Published in Environment
People gather around the body of the whale as it was cut up for examination yesterday. People gather around the body of the whale as it was cut up for examination yesterday.

The body of a five metre-long Cuvier’s beaked whale which washed ashore in the lagoon off Vaimaanga late yesterday morning attracted a small crowd of curious onlookers as it was cut up for later examination.

 

A huge plume of blood spread through water near Mama Ru’s as samples were cut off and bagged, and both locals and visitors were quick to gather for a close look at the mammal.

National Environment Service director Joseph Brider who was at the site, said he had been alerted to the presence of the whale’s body at around 11.15am. He said he knew of the stranding of at least one other Cuviers whale on Rarotonga in the past.

According to Wikipedia, The Cuvier’s Beaked whale, sometimes also known as the goose-beaked whale is the most widely distributed of all the beaked whales and the most frequently seen, despite the fact that it prefers waters deeper than 1000 metres. The world population of the species is an estimated 100,000, of which 80,000 live in the eastern tropical Pacific.

The whales feed on several species of squid as well as deep sea fish. They are found everywhere from the tropics to cool temperate seas.

1 comment

  • Comment Link Billie Tetava Monday, 18 June 2018 21:16 posted by Billie Tetava

    Hi, I just wanted to ask, how did the whale get into the lagoon. Is the reef not high enough to hold them out.

    Thank you

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