Dead 14-meter fin whale washed ashore in Turkey
(ORDO NEWS) — Local residents of the Turkish province found the body of a dead whale and immediately reported it to the police. An alarm call was received at the district of the city of Mersin (Turkey) on the morning of May 13.
The caller said that he saw something huge 200 meters from the shore. The police immediately arrived at the scene, additionally connecting the coast guard. It turned out that the inhabitants of the province were frightened by the corpse of a finwhale whale.
This is reported by the Hürriyet Daily News.
To get a dead animal, an additional fire brigade had to be called in. After all, it is unrealistic to pull out the ocean monster without heavy equipment and winches. Now the body of the whale is at the University of Mersin. There, scientist Denis Ayaz and a group of experts will conduct an autopsy to establish the cause of the whale’s death.
Further, the skeleton of the animal will be transferred to the local museum.
Finwhal, aka herring whale, is the second largest after blue whales. In the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, such inhabitants are extremely rare. These mammals are real long-livers. They live for 200 years, so when the whale dies, no scientist can name exactly what led to the death.
It is too early to talk about the cause of death of the animal, but the scientist does not exclude that death was due to plastic pollution of the seas and oceans.
In recent decades, plastic has polluted the waters of the world’s oceans so much that it has caused the extinction of many species of animals: whales, dolphins, turtles, fish – they all suffer from plastic. Even the reefs have started to disappear for this reason.
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