A baby whale which was found in a community in Delta State, has reportedly been killed by residents of the area.
The baby whale reportedly washed up on the shores of Obotobo 1 Community of Ogulagha Kingdom in Burutu LGA, Delta State. Here are photos of the community residents ‘slicing’ the whale below;
A whale was also killed in the boundary between Ese-odo/ Ilaje LGA in Ondo state, early this year. It was grounded on shallow sea shore. Locals were seen posing with the mammal as well as shapening their cutlass and other materials dissect it for consumption.
Whales are a widely distributed and diverse group of fully aquatic placental marine mammals. They are an informal grouping within the infraorder Cetacea, usually excluding dolphins and porpoises. Despite living in the water, whales breathe air. And like humans, they are warm-blooded mammals who nurse their young. A thick layer of fat called blubber insulates them from cold ocean waters.Some whales are known as baleen whales including blue, right, bowhead, sei and gray whales. This refers to the fact that they have special bristle-like structures in their mouths (called baleen) that strains food from the water. Other whales, such as beluga or sperm whales, have teeth.
Commercial whaling began in the 1800’s and nearly drove some whale species to extinction. Some species have still not recovered from being hunted and are currently listed as endangered. Although commercial whaling is not the biggest threat facing whales today, it still exists. In the Southern Ocean, despite being a whale sanctuary, some nations are still hunting there, killing more than 1,000 whales each year despite it being illegal.
Whale habitat and migration corridors overlap with areas of heavy ship traffic. Cargo ships, cruise ships, and tankers are almost always lethal when they strike a whale. In some areas, reduced speeds have been implemented where interaction between ship traffic and whales is most likely to occur.