Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2020. 6:56 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: Manatee man, Jamaal Galves, informed today that the team at Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Belize responded to reports of a dead whale off the coast of Belize City.
The 59-foot male was identified as a baleen whale. The exact species of whale is currently being determined.
“These are the largest animals on the planet, and there are twelve different species of baleen whales. Some of the whales included in this group are blue, gray, and humpback whales. Baleen whales can be found in every ocean on the planet,” Galves said.
Galves noted that the whales are known to enjoy coastal waters, coming into the shallow waters off Belize City is uncommon and an indication of physical or medical complications to properly function.
Galves said that due to the location, the whale was stranded. “Given it’s decomposed state and lacking the capacity to carry out a complete internal assessment, we were unable to determine exact cause of death. Sadly another one of these amazing animals is lost,” Galves said.
Report any sightings of dead or injured marine mammals to the Fisheries Department – Belize or call Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institutes 615-3838.
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