A WHALE was found stranded on the beach in La Manga. The animal washed ashore at the weekend was a young female of 3.80m in length with no signs of external injuries. Veterinary experts are now taking samples to try and establish the cause of death.
The mammal was a Cuvier beaked whale, a species not commonly found in the area.
Director of the environmental association ANSE, Pedro Garcia, who assisted on the scene, said this was an ‘exceptional case’ to be analysed. Samples from the whale will also be sent to veterinarians in the Canary Islands to study.
Garcia stressed that in the last two decades there have only been a few sightings of this species in deep waters south of the Murcia Region, and this is the first documented stranding on the Murcia coast north of Palos.
Although it lives in deep waters and remote land, the Cuvier beaked whale is the animal most affected by underwater noise such as ship traffic, military and seismic sonar.
“It is documented the simultaneous stranding of animals as a result of the action of military sonar, in the Canary Islands in 2002 and Almeria in 2006,” said Garcia.