The port authorities at Terneuzen had significant surprise when they spotted a 17 metre dead whale floating in the drinking water on Tuesday.
The animal experienced develop into trapped to the bow of a Panamanian freighter immediately after a collision at some level through the voyage to the Netherlands.
The sperm whale was hauled out of the water and put on the Goese Kade dockside wherever it awaits even further investigation by researchers from University of Utrecht and the Naturalis biodiversity centre. ‘This is definitely a first’, an astonished port employee mentioned.
The investigation will have to create exactly what killed the animal. ‘It’s very a huge specimen,’ researcher Pepijn Kamminga explained to area broadcaster Omroep Zeeland. ‘The sperm whale is the second greatest of the whale family members and it can get to a duration of 25 metres. This one is about 15 to 17 metres very long.’
Kamminga has only seen pics of the dead whale but thinks it was strike in its side. It will tough to notify in which the collision occurred, he stated, because even with an animal as massive as a whale, the effect on the big freighter is nil and its existence would not be found.
The dissection of the animal will get location on Wednesday. Too substantial to healthy into the Rotterdam Natuurhistorisch museum’s assortment of animals which have occur to a tragic finish, Naturalis will be bagging the whale cranium for its selection.
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