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Village butchers stranded whale

By Lanuola Tusani Tupufia

Village butchers stranded whale Small sections of a short-finned pilot whale, stranded at Fatuvalu, Safune, were all that was left when the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment (MNRE) team arrived to investigate.

When the Marine and Conservation team arrived on Thursday,portions of the whale had already been cut and parts of it were used for oil, while some eaten. Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Faleafaga Tony Tipama’a said all that was left was the head.

But he strongly advised the community not to eat the whale.  He said the finned pilot whale or scientifically called Globicephalamacrorhynchus which is in the family of dolphins, sometimes roam

s in polluted water and may be poisonous.

“Judging from what was left of the whale, it is likely that it is an adult and was highly likely that it got stranded because it was sick.” Faleafaga said that the whale is commonly seen in Samoa and usually roams in large groups.  Adult whales grow up to seven meters in length.

“That is why we suspect that it was sick because if it wasn’t, then we would’ve expected other whales tobe stranded there as well,” said the ACEO.
It was reported that when the whale got stuck on the reef on Wednesday morning,villagers tried to push it out to sea, but it apparently came back right to the shoreline.

The marine and conservation team that went to Savai’i to investigate took samples of what was left to be sentto the University of Auckland for research.
The samples will analyse its sex and whether the pilot whale has any connection with those that are found around the Pacific region and also if it is unique to Samoa.

Faleafaga acknowledged the help from the community of Fatuvalu and Pau Sagale who kept the ministry informed of what was happening.
He also advised the public to contact the ministry when future incidences like this occur.

 

 

 

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