by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Crowds drawn after the partially decomposed carcasses of two giant whales surfaced in an interval of less than 24 hours at Himchhari point of the sea beach outside the south-eastern tourist town of Cox’s Bazar.
To them, it was an unusual sight that the large bodies of the cetaceans lied on the sandy beach. They took photographs, selfies and aired live footage through social media posts as if they broke the news for rest of the world.
The local administration took the crowd into notice and spotted the near-rotten dead whales stranded on the sand after being pushed to the shore by high tide and waves.
The whales might have died nearly two weeks ago in the Bay of Bengal, said Ashraful Haq, a scientific officer at Bangladesh’s Marine Fisheries and Technology Center in Cox’s Bazar.
One of them surfaced on the beach on Friday and the other on Saturday.
He said it was not clear as to how the whales were died, it is presumed they might have hit by ship or fishing boat in the bay.
The whales are estimated to weigh between 10 and 15 tons each and measuring 11 and 14 meters in lengths, he said adding that the bodies were buried beneath the sand.
The skeletons of cetaceans will be preserved later for research purpose.
Forest department officials said samples were collected prior to the burial to determine the reason behind their deaths. They are presumed to be of the Bryde’s whale family.