Large whale res­cued on Manaung beach

The Myanmar Times - - News - YI YWAL MYINT news­room@mm­times.com

A LARGE black whale was res­cued by lo­cals af­ter it washed up on the shore of an is­land in south­ern Rakhine State on Septem­ber 9.

The whale was dis­cov­ered beached in Manaung town­ship’s Kha Ohn Maw Ywar Ma vil­lage, ac­cord­ing to State Depart­ment of Fish­eries of­fi­cer U Nyunt Wai.

More than 22 feet (6 me­tres) long and 8 feet (2.4m) in girth, with 3-foot (0.9m) pec­toral fins and a 3-foot fluke, the whale weighed 2 tonnes. It hit the shore around 6am, U Nyunt Wai said.

“A stranded whale is a strange thing in na­ture,” he said. “The strand­ing might be re­lated to mag­netic fields, as this type of an­i­mal goes around seek­ing the mag­netic field.”

Vil­lagers and mem­bers of the town­ship’s Depart­ment of Fish­eries suc­cess­fully pushed the whale back into the wa­ter and along the canal un­til it reached a place where it could swim by it­self.

Causes of whale strand­ings in­clude changes to the mag­netic wave, changes to wa­ter pres­sure, mis­cal­cu­la­tion of ge­og­ra­phy be­cause of a sand flat, fol­low­ing an ill leader of the group, an in­fec­tion, seek­ing land out of fear, attacks from hunters, or dis­rup­tion of sound waves, U Nyunt Wai said.

A 33-foot-long dead whale washed up on Rakhine State’s Gwa town­ship beach on Jan­uary 11, and a 28-foot­long fish was stranded in a dif­fer­ent vil­lage in Manaung town­ship just weeks later on Jan­uary 25.

– Trans­la­tion by Emoon

Photo: Supplied

Res­i­dents of Manaung res­cue a beached whale.

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