Boaters happened upon an awful surprise on November 16 when they met the remains of a Sperm Whale floating in waters just East of Cherokee Sound.
Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organization (BMMRO) noted on their social media page that they were alerted first thing Friday of a large dead stranded sperm whale.
They were taken the carcass, estimated to be about 45 feet long, where they took photographs and collected samples in order to hopefully determine the cause of death.
They said that there were no obvious external injuries, but as it was heavily scavenged by sharks and decomposed, they were not able to determine its cause of death.
They noted on Facebook that they were alerted to “folk killing sharks that are scavenging on the carcass of this whale… We have reported this to local Fisheries Officers.”
It was added that “killing sharks is illegal in the Bahamas and they are also going to be the best way to get rid of this extremely large whale whose smell will only get worse.”