It may be recalled that the carcass of a female dugong washed ashore at Pudumadam on August 23, and the carcass of a dolphin washed ashore near Dhanushkodi on August 24.
RAMANATHAPURAM: The carcass of a female blue whale washed ashore on Valinokkam Beach here on Sunday morning. Residents spotted the carcass, in an advanced stage of decomposition, around 6.30 am and alerted a party of patrolling forest officials. The 20.2-metre-long whale was aged about 4-5 years and weighed around 7-8 tonnes, said Keelakarai Forest Ranger S Sikkandar Batcha. Since the carcass was about a month old, the cause of death or the presence of any injury could not be ascertained, he added. After a postmortem examination, the carcass was buried on the shore later in the evening.
Three carcasses in recent times