Discarded body of endangered whale found for the first time on the shore of the Mississippi

(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists have discovered the corpse of a fin whale that washed up on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Mississippi.

Fin whales are large whales related to blue whales. They can reach a length of 24 meters, and feed on krill, filtering it through a whalebone.

Due to excessive hunting, this species has been on the verge of extinction, at the moment there are no more than 70 thousand fin whales in the world.

Now the body of one of them, washed ashore, was discovered on January 7th. This is the first time a whale has washed up on the shore near the mouth of the Mississippi, and only the fourth time on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

The body is being studied by specialists from the Institute for the Study of Marine Mammals.

Dr. Moby Solangi, director of the institute, said the whale is 9 meters long and weighs 6,804 kg. Perhaps the whale ended up on the shore due to a ship passing nearby.

“The mammal was probably sick, and its body fell into the wake of the ship,” the scientist said.

Scientists will determine the cause of death based on an autopsy and laboratory tests.

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