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33-ft long sperm whale washes ashore in Odisha

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Yet another died whale has been spotted near Odisha coast after Mumbai and Tamil Nadu. Reports revealed that a 33-foot sperm whale washed ashore near Podampetta off the Ganjam coast in Odisha. The coast is about 150 kilometers from Bhuvneshwar.

“We don’t know the reason for its death. The whale might have died two days ago, and washed ashore yesterday,” said Divisional Forest Officer (Berhampur) AK Behera.

“It might have died after being hit by fishing trawlers,” said Professor KC Sahu of Marine Sciences Department of the Berhampur University.

Secretary of Ganjam District Sea Turtle Protection Committee Rabindra Sahu reported that local citizens had first spotted the dead body of the whale and informed to the officials.

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According to Wikipedia, the sperm whale(or cachalot) is the largest of the toothed whales and the largest toothed predator. It is the only living member of genus Physeter, and one of three extant species in the sperm whale family, along with the pygmy sperm whale and dwarf sperm whale of the genus Kogia. These whales can submerge into the water for about one and half hour and able to dive down to 2,250 meters.

See Also: 42-feet Blue Whale dies at Alibaug coast, Mumbai, later buried by JCB

The sperm whale can be found anywhere in the open ocean. Females and young males live together in groups while mature males live solitary lives outside of the mating season. The females cooperate to protect and nurse their young. Females give birth every four to twenty years, and care for the calves for more than a decade. A mature sperm whale has few natural predators. Calves and weakened adults are taken by pods of orcas.

Previously, more than 70 whales were washed ashore on the beach of Manapad beach in Tamil Nadu, last month. Also, a 42-feet long blue whale was spotted at Alibaug coast, Mumbai and died after struggling for several hours on June 24, 2015.

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