Yesterday at 01:40 PM we were informed by Dr Baskara, Five surfshop employees and Dorion Davis that there was Whale stranded at Batubolong beach in Canggu, and was still alive. We, together with WWF and Whale Stranding Indonesia rushed to check the condition of the poor mammal. We reached there 20 minutes after we received the information. Unfortunately when we arrived the poor Whale already passed away.
The poor Whale was brought to Turtle Conservation and Education Center so the vet team from Balai Besar Veteriner Denpasar could perform necropsy to get information what the cause of death is.
According to vet team it was baby Bryde’s Whale, 3.28 m long, a female, less than 4 weeks old. Till now the vet team still does not have information about laboratory test performed, but they assume the poor Whale died because it was separated from its mother, got lost and got weak. The strong wind and also the strong current made her stranded.
(This is Part 2 of a 2-part photo set)
The taxonomy of the Bryde’s Whale is still far from settled; what we call the Bryde’s Whale has been split into two subspecies or even distinct species by some authorities: the true Bryde’s Whale, a larger species found in tropical and warm temperate waters worldwide (Balaenoptera brydei), and the Sittang or Eden’s Whale, a smaller form that may be restricted to coastal waters of the Indo-Pacific (Balaenoptera edeni). Confusion with the similar Omura’s Whale (Balaenoptera omurai) is also possible.