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Whale that washed ashore in Cox's Bazar on April 9 ‘killed self’

  • Published at 09:24 pm April 21st, 2021
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Two dead whales which is at least 50 feet long and 10 feet wide and assumably weighs three to four tons, have washed up on Himchhari Beach, Cox’s bazar coastline on Friday April 9, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Woes of losing her partner pushed the female whale to commit suicide, says a senior fisheries official

One of the two dead whales that had washed up in Cox’s Bazar on April 9 and 10 had actually committed suicide, according to a senior fisheries official of the district.

Ashraful Haque, senior scientific officer at the Fisheries Research Institute, said after investigating the matter: “The female whale had perhaps chosen the path of suicide in mourning the death of her male partner.”

Cox's Bazar Fisheries Officer SM Khalequzzaman said: “We have this species of whale in the Bay of Bengal. These whales are especially noticeable in the south-western part of the Sundarbans. It probably floated to the shores of Cox's Bazar beach after dying.”

It may be recalled that two dead whales had washed up on the same stretch of the Cox's Bazar coastline in two days — April 9 and 10.


Also read: 2 dead whales wash up on Cox's Bazar shore in two days


Officials said the second whale had washed up on Himchhari beach at around 8.30am on April 10, just a day after the carcass of a Bryde's whale was found two kilometres from the spot.

The first dead whale that washed ashore, the female, was 44 feet tall, while the second one, the male, was 46 feet tall.

The bodies of the two whales were found to be rotten and almost decomposed.

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