Dead whale washes ashore

What appeared to be the body a young white or possibly an albino beaked whale washed ashore in Savannah Tuesday.

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DoE officer Mark Orr attempts to drag the whale ashore Tuesday. Photo: Brent Fuller

The rare animal, about 3.4 metres (11 feet), was found on Bat Cave beach on private property owned by Eldon and Patricia Kirkconnell. Mrs. Kirkconnell first spotted the whale Tuesday morning.

‘This is the area where I go to take my swim every afternoon,’ Mrs. Kirkconnell said. ‘I was just looking out on the beach and saw the whale. I was shocked.’

Department of Environment officials were unsure whether they would be able to move the large marine mammal onto a truck from the beach area, which is down a steep slope from a private driveway off Shamrock Road in Spotts Bay.

DoE research officer Janice Blumenthal said she would take samples from the whale to help identify its particular species and age. It was believed the whale had somehow become separated from its pod and may have been pulled over coral reefs in rough seas on Monday.

Read more in the Caymanian Compass on Thursday….