The autopsy report is back on one of the humongous sperm whales that washed ashore in Jiangsu province last month. As you might suspect, the news isn’t good.
While experts have not yet come to a definite conclusion on what caused the death of this enormous animal, they think it probably has something to do with an 8-meter-long fishing net discovered in its throat, SCMP reports.
According to Sui Hongjin, founder of the Dalian Museum in Liaoning where the autopsy was performed, no food was found in the whale’s stomach during autopsy. No other injuries were discovered either, suggesting the unfortunate cetacean starved to death due to the blockage in his throat.
The specimen was transported to the Dalian museum to be preserved, a process which could take about five years. Upon completion, it could become the largest whale in the world, adding to China’s collection of record-setting things like the world’s largest alien-hunting telescope, the world’s largest Lego store and the world’s largest gathering of maid-servants.
Only days after this sperm whale beached itself near Nantong city, another whale did the same thing just a few kilometers over. No cause of death report for the second whale yet it seems.
Meanwhile, more than 11 thousand kilometers away, on the other side of the Pacific, the world’s smallest dolphins are facing even greater peril thanks, in part, to Chinese demand for a certain fish native to the Gulf of California. While, at the same time, in the Atlantic Chinese fishermen are under threat from the Argentinian coast guard.
By Matthew Patel