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Friday, May 25 2018 @ 07:03 AM EDT

Newborn Humpback Whale Washes Up On Beach in El Rompío, Panama

Fishing BY Vielka Corro Ríos for La Prensa - SANTA ANA, Los Santos. A dead humpback whale about four meters long was found along the beach near the town of El Rompío in the area of Santa Ana, in the province of Los Santos. Area resident María Delgado said the whale came out of the water at high tide, at about 5:20 pm yesterday. "It looked like the whale fluttered its tail, but in reality the movement was caused by the wave action, and it was actually dead," said Delgado. She said she assumed this whale was still a baby because adult humpback whales are between 10 and 13 meters long and males can weigh as much as 40 tons. (This whale was a newborn. See Comments)

Editor's Comment: "About Humpback Whale Reproduction - Humpback whale breeding occurs mostly in the winter to early spring while near the surface and in warm, tropical waters. The gestation period is about 11-12 months and the calf is born tail first (this is normal for cetaceans) and near the surface in warm, shallow waters. The newborn instinctively swims to the surface within 10 seconds for its first breath; it is helped by its mother, using her flippers. Within 30 minutes of its birth the baby whale can swim. The newborn calf is about 14 feet long (4.3 m) and weighs about 2.5 tons (2.3 tonnes). Twins are extremely rare (about 1% of births); there is almost always one calf. The baby is nurtured with its mother's milk and is weaned in about 11 months. The mother and calf may stay together for a year or longer. Calves drink 100 pounds of milk each day. Humpback whales reach puberty at 4-7 years old, and maturity at 15 years. A calf is born to a female every 1-3 years." Due to the reported length of four meters, this whale was most likely a newborn. The humpbacks come up to the warm tropical waters near Panama in the Pacific Ocean from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic at this time of year to give birth. July and August are the peak months for whale watching in Panama.

Muere ballena en la playa El Rompío

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La ballena llegó ayer a la costa santeña.

10:58 a.m. - SANTA ANA, Los Santos. -Una ballena jorobada muerta y de aproximadamente cuatro metros de largo fue encontrada a orillas de la playa El Rompío, en el corregimiento de Santa Ana, Los Santos.

Una de las residentes del sector María Delgado relató que debido a la marea alta el cetáceo salió a la orilla de la playa aproximadamente a las 5:20 p.m. de ayer sábado.

“Nosotros observamos como aleteaba la ballena, pero era por la fuerte marea, en realidad estaba muerta”, precisó Delgado.

La lugareña presume que esta ballena era aún un bebé porque las ballenas jorobadas adultas miden entre 10 y 13 metros de largo y pueden llegar a pesar unas 40 toneladas cuando se trata de un macho.

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