A make-shift funeral was held for a young whale that died after being washed ashore in Canada. Residents of White Rock flocked to the beach early Tuesday, armed with buckets for water and shovels for digging, in an attempt to help a stranded humpback whale.
However, the whale died just hours after being beached on the waterfront about 45 minutes south of Vancouver, as dozens of people looked on helplessly.
“The animal was alive, but it was just too weak and in such bad shape that we knew it had been distressed for a long time,” said Paul Cottrell, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ marine mammal co-ordinator.
“It had been working for a long time and swimming when it was caught by the tides.”
Cottrell stated that humpback whales are making a comeback on the West Coast, and that two or three live entanglements in fishing gear occur each year. More whales are appearing near shore and in more populated areas. Cottrell assisted in the release of a whale caught in 50 prawn traps off the coast of northern Vancouver Island last month.
White Rock Mayor Wayne Baldwin said he was not surprised to see dozens of residents rush to East Beach to assist the mammal.
“It was heartbreaking for us, but there are many lessons to be learned from this tragedy.” “I hope the big takeaway is that people need to be mindful of what they throw away in the ocean,” he said.
“We know that parents are teaching their children today that you can’t just throw things in the ocean and expect nothing to happen.”
Metres of tangled fishing line were discovered near the whale, and scarring on the whale’s skin was discovered. The whale couldn’t eat when it was discovered because it had ocean debris in its mouth.
Dr. Martin of the Vancouver Aquarium said the whale, which was about 8 to 10 meters long, was a juvenile and should have been much larger but had likely been starving for weeks.
“It was great to see so many people interested and so many kids being respectful.” “It’s something so unique that we’re still fascinated by these whales,” said Haulena, who was among the first on the scene.
While he would not have allowed his own children to touch the whale due to the whale lice and parasites crawling all over it, he understood why the whale’s arrival affected so many people.
The province and the DFO will decide whether to perform a necropsy and how to remove the carcass.
After the whale was pronounced dead, police barred onlookers from approaching it, but not before many in the crowd patted the carcass and left flowers on its body.
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