The dead, 14-feet long whale was discovered in the morning hours of Wednesday, 21 December, on the beach at Northern Lights condos near Old Man Bay.
Department of Environment conservation officer Carl Edwards arrived at the scene at 6.20am and by mid-morning, he and others were trying to figure out how to get the whale off the beach.
“The seas are too rough to get a boat in there,” he said. “Ideally, I’d like to drag it back out to sea and put it back into the food chain and let the fish feed on it,” he said.
One of the options facing those tasked with removing the whale’s body before it starts decomposing and smelling is to drag it off the beach by truck to another site, cut it up and drop the body parts back into the ocean.
Tourists and locals were at the beach taking photos of the whale, which Mr. Edwards described as a perfect miniature of a sperm whale.
He said he could not immediately determine how the whale, which washed up overnight, died.
“I’ve been taking tissue samples to give to the scientists to do some research and find out how it died,” he said. “There are no obvious marks on the body, not bites or trauma to show anything hit it.”
This is the second time in a little more than two years that a pygmy sperm whale has washed ashore in Cayman. One was found on Spotts Dock in October 2009.
Pygmy sperm whales are considered to be rare and are usually only sighted once they become stranded on land.