The carcass of a whale known to be a Ziphius Cavirostris or a Bird Beak Whale was found stranded on Mertasari Beach, Sanur Kauh Village, South Denpasar, Friday (22/5)
The whale, which weighs about 1 tonne, is subjected to DNA sampling for an autopsy. Head of Section for Access to Science and Technology and Fishermen Information, Denpasar City Fisheries Service, Anak Agung Puteri Citrawati, said that his party received a report from the Marine Coastal Resources Management Agency (BPSDL) that a whale was stranded at around 01.53 on Mertasari Beach.
The whale was a few meters from the shoreline. With the help of volunteers, the whale was finally pulled to the shore. The whale was a Ziphius Cavirostris type the same as the whale found by residents at Siut Beach, Gianyar on Thursday (20/5).
Agung Puteri revealed that the whale was thought to had died at the same time as the whale at Siut Beach.
The whale’s weight was around 1 tonne, 5,2 meters long, and 2 meters in diameter. Agung Puteri said that he had experienced problems during the evacuation of the whale. His party also coordinated with the Sanur Kauh Village, Public Works, Spatial Planning (PUPR), and Denpasar City BPBD for evacuation because they have heavy equipment.
The whale’s organ samples were immediately taken for an autopsy.
“A team of doctors took DNA samples to determine the cause of death. After that, the whale was immediately buried on the local beach (Mertasari),” said Agung Puteri.
photo by Antara / Fikri Yusuf