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    Trang Sperm Whale washed up in mangrove forest dies

    TRANG / RESCUE EFFORT FAILS
    Beached whale gives up ghost

    METHEE MUANGKAEW

    Trang - A female sperm whale which was washed up and stranded in a local mangrove forest in Kantang district on Sunday died yesterday despite the efforts of villagers who struggled for hours to pull it back out to sea.

    The dead whale, locally known as pawan moo, measuring about four metres long and weighing about a tonne, was towed back to the shores of tambon Koh Libong yesterday morning.

    Fisherman Soad Madsoh, who first spotted the beached whale on Sunday afternoon, said he saw the mammal struggle as the tide gradually ebbed.

    He asked fellow fishermen to help pull the whale from the mangrove forest back out to sea. But the whale would not budge. It lost strength and later died.

    Another fisherman Somkid Puangmulee said pawan moo generally live in the deep sea around Koh Rok. He believed this whale may have got stranded as it tried to escape fishing trawlers' nets, got lost and finally been washed ashore.

    Karnchana Adulyanukosol, a marine biologist at Phuket's Marine and Coastal Resources Department, said the whale could have died from a variety of causes. It may have been exposed to the sun for too long when it was stranded, become stressed, gone into shock and then died.

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    Should have cut the jaw off to get at the teeth.They do stink up a storm when they rot though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shazbut
    They do stink up a storm when they rot though.
    Not wrong there mate and they are also great at attracting big sharks. 40 tonnes of sperm whale can be a bastard to get rid of. Back in Aussie land they used to blow dead stranded whales up with dynamite once the local museums had finished with them, well at least as recently as 10 years ago that is The animal rights mobs have probably put an end to that now though. The locals in Trang are probably looking at the quickest way toet the sucker to Japan though.

    Shit, exploding whales even made Wikipedia - Exploding whale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Reminded me of this unfortunate episode in Taiwan a few years back:

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    ^That's gross. Good picture though. Look at the guys face..oh my poor scooter!!

    Blowing up whales sounds so inhumane.

    I wonder how they will get rid of this recent sperm whale washed ashore? They must be awfully heavy.

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    They're now saying it was a pilot whale. These are about the size of a large dolphin.

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    ^Yes, I NOW see in the story that it was only four metres long and weighed about a tonne ... pilot whales are easily chopped up to use as crab bait

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    Quote Originally Posted by babygirl View Post
    Look at the guys face..oh my poor scooter!!
    Being Taiwan the guy was probably thinking of ways to get the entrails back home for soup . . .

    (Ugh, reminds me of pig-organ soup in Taipei)

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