Soude­lor leaves whales stranded in New Taipei

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY ENRU LIN

The Coast Guard Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CGA, ) said yesterday it found four whales stranded on the beaches of New Taipei City af­ter Typhoon Soude­lor, only one of which sur­vived.

The four whales ranged in size and in­cluded a dwarf sperm whale and a three- foot- long Bryde’s whale, the CGA re­ported last night.

The sole sur­vivor was a 250-kilo­gram sperm whale that was spot­ted around 1 p.m. yesterday on Ku­osheng-ts’un Beach ( ) in New Taipei City. Three Coast Guard of­fi­cers and one civil­ian fish­ing boat lifted the whale and were able to lead it back to deeper wa­ters for re­lease.

A Bryde’s whale and a sec­ond sperm whale were found later yesterday in Wanli Dis­trict ( ) in north­east­ern New Taipei City. Both died on­shore shortly af­ter dis­cov­ery.

The Bryde’s whale was found at around 4 p.m. in Xialiao Beach ( ) and died an hour later de­spite res­cue ef­forts, ac­cord­ing to the CGA. The Tai­wan Ce­tacean So­ci­ety ( ) said it will con­duct an au­topsy Wed­nes­day to de­ter­mine the cause of death.

At 200-cm-long sperm whale was found at Dingliao Beach (

) and was de­clared died at around 7 p.m. yesterday.

Late Mon­day night, author­i­ties found a dwarf sperm whale that had washed up on Long­men Beach (

) at Gongliao Dis­trict ( ). The New Taipei City’s An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion and Health In­spec­tion Of­fice and the Tai­wan Ce­tacean So­ci­ety ar­rived at the scene to find the whale alive but phys­i­cally en­er­vated.

The An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion and Health In­spec­tion Of­fice said that the whale was an adult dwarf sperm whale that weighed in at 300 kilo­grams. It had been bat­tered dur­ing Typhoon Soude­lor and bit­ten by cigar sharks, author­i­ties said.

Beaches whales or other marine mam­mals can be re­ported to a ded­i­cated 24-hour hot­line at 0928539977 or to the lo­cal Coast Guard.

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