Moruga residents, officials rescue baby whale - EntornoInteligente /

Res­i­dents, game war­dens and the po­lice came to­geth­er yes­ter­day for a dar­ing res­cue of a ba­by whale beached at the La Lune Beach in Moru­ga.

A res­i­dent walk­ing along the beach spot­ted the mel­on head­ed whale around 6 am and went to its as­sis­tance.

The whale was es­ti­mat­ed to be about 350 pounds and eight feet in length.

Speak­ing with re­porters at the beach, Claudius Jack­son said he was tak­ing his rou­tine morn­ing walk when he spot­ted the whale.

“I went and call a neigh­bour. A neigh­bour and me pull it out in the deep. All how we try to car­ry it out. Look these clothes I have on me, I wet up. All my phone and watch wet up.”

He said the neigh­bour left but he dragged it fur­ther down the beach in a safer area on the shore. As more res­i­dents gath­ered and they wait­ed for help to ar­rive, two women were seen sit­ting on ei­ther side of it and wet­ting the whale.

There were a few bruis­es on its skin.

“All the skin wail up and thing. It look like it was in a net…out in the sea. It look like it get tie-up.”

Er­ic Lewis, the cu­ra­tor of the Moru­ga Mu­se­um, said he be­lieves the whale lost its way due to the murky wa­ter. He said this is the third whale that has beached in Moru­ga over the last three years.

With the as­sis­tance of Game War­dens Andy Singh, Steve Seep­er­sad, Bisham Mad­hu and Je­re­my Din­di­al, the po­lice and res­i­dents, the whale was lift­ed and placed on the tray of a pick-up van and tak­en to La Ruf­fin beach where the wa­ter was clear­er.

The game war­dens and oth­er per­sons then swam along­side the whale, guid­ing it out in­to the deep.

But, T&T Ma­rine Mam­mal Strand­ing Net­work (TTMM­SN) has urged cau­tion when it comes to han­dling beached mam­mals.

Vet­eri­nar­i­an Dr Wade Seuk­er­an ex­plained that TTMM­SN in­cludes gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­ment agen­cies with per­sons trained to re­spond to strand­ed ma­rine mam­mals.

The net­work said once a beached whale is spot­ted they can be con­tact­ed at 735-3530.

The Wildlife Sec­tion of the Forestry Di­vi­sion can al­so be aclled at 662-5114; 645-4288; 639-2570.

LINK ORIGINAL: The Trinidad Guardian

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