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Ten beached pilot whales die in NTT

  • Djemi Amnifu

    Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara

Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara   /   Mon, August 3 2020   /  01:00 am
A police officer stands near a stranded short-finned pilot whale at Lie Jaka Beach in Ledeunu subdistrict, Sabu Raijua regency, East Nusa Tenggara on July 30, 2020.(Courtesy of Sabu Raijua Police/-)

Local fishermen found 11 pilot whales stranded on Lie Jaka and Bekel beaches in Ledeunu subdistrict, Sabu Raijua regency, East Nusa Tenggara, on Thursday morning. Only one made its way to the open sea while the other 10 died. “A fisherman identified as Riwu Willa found five whales at first while looking for seaweed in Lie Jaka Beach. Other fishermen then found another six around a dock in Bekel Beach,” Sabu Raijua Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Jack Seubelan said on Thursday. He added that the locals had tried to push the whales into the sea but only managed to save one. Authorities later buried the dead whales at the beach, but only after locals had cut up four of them and distributed the meat. The burial was done on Thursday by residents who were guided by officials of the Kupang Water Conservation Area Agency (BKKPN) by phone as they could not arrive at the b...