A sperm whale died this Wednesday after running aground on the shores of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, south of the state of Oaxaca.
According to authorities from the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), around 06:00 in the morning, fishermen from Santo Domingo Tehuantepec sighted the 12 meter long mammalstranded in the Chipehua Beach.
Immediately, they tried to return it to the seabut it was impossible for them, due to the weight of this specimen, so they opted to alert the presence of the cetacean to the Secretary of the Navy (semar) and Profepa, who It took several hours to arrive.
Meanwhile, the huge animal, which had a head injury, surprised locals and tourists from this beach, who shared photos and videos through social networks.
When the authorities finally arrived, it was already too late, as the sperm whale had already died.
“The death of a whale is sad, because Navy personnel should arrive; We alerted her to come, to take care of us, but nothing happened, they let her die,” a witness told Aristegui News.
Profepa reported that the arrival of heavy machinery is awaited to be able to remove the corpse and that it be buried in the sand of the bay, to avoid any source of infection. She also asked children and adults not to touch the specimen, since the cause of death has not been determined.
So far the causes of death are not known, although inhabitants point out that he was trapped by low tide and could not return to the sea.
Some specialists say that one of the causes of the death of these animals is disorientation due to the change in temperature of the sea waters, without the certainty of the real causes.
In the middle of last January, in the town of Santa María del Mar, which belongs to Juchitán, fishermen found a dead whale also on the Pacific beaches, without establishing the causes of its death.
It is worth mentioning that Playa Chipehua is known for its impressive sand dunes that directly overlook the waters of the Pacific Ocean.
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