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Sunday, September 23 2018 @ 06:33 PM UTC

Dead Whale Found Floating In Limon Bay, Colon, Panama

FishingNear Pier 17, specifically in Limon Bay, in the province of Colon, port company workers saw a dark shape floating in the water, and when they looked closely they realized it was a whale. The employees reported their finding to officials from the Aquatic Resources Authority of Panama (ARAP), which together with staff from the National Environmental Authority (ANAM) went to where the whale was stranded, after after a review they realized that she was dead. Abdiel Martinez, regional manager of the ARAP, reported this is the first time they have seen a case of this kind, because an animal of this size has never reached Limon Bay before. Experts said the whale was probably hit by a ship, which dragged her to the place where she was found. (Siglo)

Editor's Comment: These days the greatest risk to whales in the ocean are not from whaling ships, but from the propellers of ocean going ships. Whale populations are increasing all around the world. Humpbacks migrate down to the Caribbean from the colder waters of the North Atlantic during breeding season, and to give birth.

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