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40 feet long whale carcass washes ashore on coast near Mumbai

PTI
Published : Jun 14, 2018, 7:12 pm IST
Updated : Jun 14, 2018, 7:12 pm IST

The whale washed ashore at Khardanda near Uran.

N Vasudevan the additional principal chief conservator of forest, said that was likely a blue whale. (Photo: PTI)
 N Vasudevan the additional principal chief conservator of forest, said that was likely a blue whale. (Photo: PTI)

Mumbai: The decomposed body of a 40 feet long whale has washed ashore on the Arabian Sea coast in nearby Raigad district, an official said.

The whale washed ashore at Khardanda near Uran on Wednesday evening, the official said, adding that some visitors to the seashore first spotted it.

"It is likely that this is a blue whale," N Vasudevan, additional principal chief conservator of forest, said.

"We will bury the carcass at the site itself," Vasudevan added. This is the eighth recorded case of a whale carcass washing ashore in Maharashtra in the last three years, the official said.

A 48 feet long whale had washed ashore on the Uran coast in 1978. Another recent incident is from 2016, when a 30-feet whale washed up on Juhu Beach.

Tags: blue whale, raigad district
Location: India, Maharashtra, Mumbai (Bombay)