On September 6 the carcass of an unknown marine mammal was reported having been washed ashore on Man-O-War Cay. It was confirmed to be a Short-Finned Pilot whale by local scientists and Man-O-War resident, Nancy Albury.
Though there was a report earlier in the week of a whale of the same species spotted off the East coast of Hope Town, it was determined that this whale was not the same.
Initial observations concluded that the whale was an adult and likely very mature. Teeth and tissue samples have been sent off to determine the sex and approximate age.
Cause of death has not been discovered, though the age of the animal may have been a factor.
Abaconians and visitors are encouraged to keep an eye on the shores in case of other whale sightings. Please contact the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization with any sightings or information.
Photo by Angel Cruz.