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Whale Found In Shallow Waters Near Saweni Beach

A whale was found in shallow waters near Saweni Beach, Lautoka on Sunday, 27 January, 2019. The whale was found by a man from Lauwaki village. Two other men from
27 Jan 2019 23:51
Whale Found In Shallow Waters Near Saweni Beach
The injured whale near Saweni Beach, Lautoka.

A whale was found in shallow waters near Saweni Beach, Lautoka on Sunday, 27 January, 2019.

The whale was found by a man from Lauwaki village. Two other men from the nearby settlement also stepped in to help the injured mammal.

Fisheries officers attended to the report and observed its behaviour. They would continue throughout the night and tomorrow.

It is understood that the whale had ticks on its injuries.

From initial observations, Fisheries officials believe that it is a short finned pilot whale.

 

 

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration short-finned pilot whales are found globally in tropical and temperate oceans. They are one of two species of pilot whale, along with the long-finned pilot whale. The two species differ slightly in size, features, coloration, and pattern. In the field and at sea, it is very difficult to tell the difference between the two species.

Short-finned pilot whales are long-live, slow to reproduce, and highly social. They live in stable groups of 15 to 30 animals comprised of close family relatives, and tend to live in localized, resident populations, although some populations have wider ranges. Their diet consists primarily of squid, with a small amount of fish. They are commonly found along the coast close to the continental shelf, although some populations have been found to extend into deep, open ocean environments, such as in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. Pilot whales are often involved in mass strandings for reasons that are still unclear.

 

 

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