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A dead whale has been found in the River Thames for the third time in the past two months.
The marine mammal – believed to be a minke – was spotted swimming up and down the river in London by several members of the public on Friday.
A dog-walker later found it lying motionless in shallow water near Battersea Bridge at around 9.30pm and it was later confirmed dead when a rescue team arrived.
It comes after a humpback whale nicknamed Hessy was found dead in the Thames near Greenhithe on 8 October and a sei whale was found dead in Gravesend on 18 October.
“A whale is very unusual in the River Thames, however we have now had three in the past two months,” said Martin Garside of the Port of London Authority (PLA).
“They are all different species and there is no obvious, simple cause. Hopefully we can learn about what causes it, is it just nature or is there some external reason.’
The PLA will first move the whale to a facility in east London before handing it over to experts at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) for a necropsy.
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Local people recently observe several stranded whales. (Antara/Ampelsa)
Seventeen whales became stranded on Menia Beach in West Sabu, Sabu Raijua regency, East Nusa Tenggara, on Thursday with 11 of them dying, possibly from the severe wounds all over their bodies.
“The wounds could have been caused by the corals along Menia Beach,” Sabu Raijua Police chief Comr. Samuel Simbolon told The Jakarta Post, Thursday.
He said the whales were found stranded on the beach at about 1 p.m. local time, promptly attracting locals to see them. Some people went down to the beach to use speedboats to try to help the mammals return to the sea. Others helped recover the dead ones.
Six of the whales could be rescued and returned to the ocean while 11 others did not survive. With the help of locals, the regency’s marine and fishery agency released the six from the shallow water during high tide. They also buried the dead ones.
“We have yet to know why the whales were stranded,” Samuel said, adding that such strandings often took place on Sabu Island. The whales were migrating through the Indian Ocean before they got stranded there.
At least 50 whales were recorded to have become stranded on Sabu Island over the last seven months. In 2012, 44 whales were found stranded along the beach in Deme village, Liae district, Sabu Raijua. Of those 44 whales, 41 did not survive.
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Four whales died Saturday after they were found on a beach in South Carolina, officials say.
The group of pilot whales was found stranded on Edisto Beach near access 36 at about 7 a.m. Saturday, and it was unclear how long they had been there, according to WCSC.
Two of the whales were adults, and the other two were juveniles, according to WCSC.
Wildlife experts were called to help the whales, but when they got there one of them was already dead, WCIV reported, and the other three had to be put down.
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Another 15 whales have died along the Georgia coast in the second mass stranding in just over two months.
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said two pygmy killer whales were euthanized after stranding this morning on a shore near Sugar Beach on Maui due to illness.
A NOAA team responded early this morning to reports of the two stranded, adult pygmy killer whales. These two whales were part of a pod of six that NOAA had been monitoring at Maalaea Bay since Sept. 13.
They are, however, not the six whales that were refloated back to sea from an earlier Aug. 29 incident, based on dorsal fin identification, according to David Schofield, NOAA’s regional marine mammal response coordinator.
“After veterinary assessment, including blood tests, the whales were humanely euthanized,” NOAA said in a statement. “Their bodies will be flown to Oahu for post mortem examination by the University of Hawaii Stranding Lab. We continue to monitor four other pygmy killer whales that are milling close to shore in the same area.”
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Four whales have died after becoming stranded along a Northland Beach.
Conservation charity Project Jonah said it sent medics to the Bream Bay area of Ruakākā to help with the rescue on Wednesday, but all the pilot whales had died.
Communications manager Louisa Hawkes said there were still a few hundred people at the beach sitting and watching, but currently no help was needed.
“[The rest of the pod] have been sighted off shore, if things change and they head in-shore then we will let people know and ask them to head down to the beach.”
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Two yubarta whales died in less than 24 hours on the coast of the Brazilian city of Salvador, capital of the northeastern state of Bahia and whose coasts are visited at this time of the year by the giant mammals to reproduce.
A whale of the Yubarta species almost 15 meters long and 39 tons in weight died after running aground on a beach in the Coutos neighborhood , on the outskirts of Salvador.
Although the giant animal was found alive early in the day, it died a few hours later despite the efforts of several inhabitants of the area who did not stop bathing it with water to keep it alive.
Another of these gigantic mammals – also known as humpback whales – also died stranded on a nearby beach , just eight kilometers away.
Experts of the Ballena Yubarta Institute, an entity that has been accompanying the visit of mammals to the coast of Bahia for 30 years and analyzing the causes of the death of aquatic mammals, told local media that the presence of animals in the region is common at this time of year.
Between July and November the whales leave the cold Antarctica in search of warmer waters to reproduce. During the breeding season, some 20,000 whales pass along the coast of the state of Bahia.
However, this year the giant mammals have also approached other coastlines of the country, such as those in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where their presence has been recorded in photos and videos by surprised bathers.
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FIVE WHALES DIED Thursday after a mass stranding on a beach on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
Ten melon-headed whales were discovered stranded alive Thursday morning on Sugar Beach in the coastal community of Kihei and a calf believed to be part of the social group was found dead hours later about a mile away, David Schofield, the regional marine mammal response coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told the Associated Press.
Veterinarians with NOAA determined that four of the stranded whales were in too poor of a condition to be saved, Jeffrey Walters, NOAA’s wildlife management and conservation branch, said in a statement.
The whales were sedated and euthanized to relieve their suffering, Walters said, according to AP.
The remaining six whales were floated back into the ocean but became stranded again. Schofield said NOAA personnel believed two more of the whales were at risk of dying but eventually made it back out into the sea. One or two of the whales is likely debilitated, he added.
Officials planned to monitor the area Friday in case the whales returned, AP reported.
“The last time we saw them they seemed to be moving in a healthy manner to deeper waters. So it’s our hope that they got their bearings about them and were able to head out to sea,” Schofield said.
Some objected to the way officials handled the situation. Kealoha Pisciotta, a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner, protested against the euthanization of the four whales. She said melon-headed whales are a manifestation of the sea god Kanaloa.
Pisciotta and other volunteers wanted to hold the whales in the water so they could swim away or die dignified deaths, but she said NOAA officials would not let her near the animals.
Walters said that personnel worked with cultural practitioners at the scene and prayed before and after the whales were euthanized. Cultural practitioners performed a death rite for the animals, AP reported. but did not agree to euthanizing the whales.
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Some 20 pilot whales have died stranded in mysterious circumstances on the south-western coast of Iceland, emergency services said Saturday, only two weeks after a similarly unexplained mass stranding had already killed dozens of the long-finned cetaceans.
The dead whales, part of a group of 50 stranded whales, were discovered late Friday near Gardur, some 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the capital Reykjavik.
According to Icelandic media, locals began rescue efforts to save the whales even before emergency teams arrived.
“Around 90 volunteers worked all night to keep the animals wet,” David Mar Bjarnason, a spokesman for the Icelandic research and rescue association, told AFP.
By 08H00 GMT the last of the surviving whales were back in deep water.
“We had to wait for high tide to get them back into the sea,” Bjarnason said.
Pilot whales are relatively plentiful, with their stock in the Atlantic estimated at between 500,000 and 800,000 animals.
Last month 52 dead stranded whales were spotted on a remote beach in the west of the north Atlantic island nation.
Pilot whales, which belong to the dolphin family and feed primarily on squid, can sometimes get stuck if they follow their prey into shallow coastal waters.
But scientists are mystified as to why such large numbers should get stranded at the same time.
Some theories mention magnetic field interference, while others say that a pod of pilot whales will always follow a single leader — even if that dominant whale leads them into mortal danger.
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