Sadly, a few days later there was a story of a pygmy sperm whale
stranding and dying farther down the Keys, and I'd guess it was the same animal; once whatever mechanism it is that tells them to crawl out on land is triggered, they rarely survive, my biologist friends tell me.
Bycatch, where cetaceans are killed after accidentally becoming entangled in fishing nets, is also a big problem in UK waters, however, the pygmy sperm whale
did not show signs of this type of trauma.
A young pygmy sperm whale
, pictured during its rescue last week on Anglesey, has been found dead on a beach at Dinas Dinlle | PIC: AMY DANIEL
Previous abundance estimates for the western North Atlantic stocks of short-finned pilot whales and of dwarf and pygmy sperm whales
, 749 (0.64) and 420 (0.60), respectively, were based on a winter 1992 ship survey in U.S.
Enolva said the pygmy sperm whale
, the third stranded in Del Gallego and the nearby town Ragay since 2013, did not swallow any plastic but died due to poor nutrition.
Dr Evans said: "Pygmy sperm whales
are more common in the warmer waters off west Africa.
With squid, fish and crabs as their main diet, Blatchley said it did not take much to kill a pygmy sperm whale
, considered rare due to the limited information available about the species.
D'Bone Museum curator Darrell Blatchleymade this disclosure as he noted the latest fatality in a 10-foot pygmy sperm whale
which was discovered last April 26.
About a half kilogram of garbage, mostly discarded food packs, foil wrappers and hard plastic pieces from a furniture, was found 'blocking' the stomach of a pygmy sperm whale
(Kogia breviceps) that died 10 hours after it washed ashore in Calaca town in Batangas province.
Larger Risso's dolphins like to float upside down, tails sticking out of the water--but the rarest creature of all is the pygmy sperm whale
. It is very shy and only passes through Philippine waters.
A female pygmy sperm whale
stranded on the beach of Calaca town in Batangas province died Thursday morning.
On March 16, a male pygmy sperm whale
(Kogia breviceps) was found dead at Barangay Maribulan in Alabel town.