The 15 feet long dead whale which had washed ashore on the Alibaug shore on Thursday has now been buried by the forest officials after taking its tissue sample for future reference.
The chief conservator of forests (mangrove cell) N Vasudevan told TOI: “The whale was highly decomposed and only its ventral side was visible. Hence we could not immediately identify its species. Its tissue has been taken for further study.”
Adding that the whale has now been buried, Vasudevan said that this is the third whale on Raigad coast so far this year, along with a few dolphin spottings in the last four months.
In June this year, a 42 -feet-long blue whale was washed ashore at the Revdanda coast, which is 17km south of Alibaug. Forest officials have reportedly asked a marine biologist to identify the whale species. Marine experts opined that the latest dead whale at Alibaug could either be a Bryde’s or a Humpback whale. Forest officials are further inquiring into the matter.