WARNING – DAMAGING PICTURES The giant five-ton whale was caught on a tanker sailing across the Pacific Ocean and was discovered while it was entering the port of Mizushima in the city of Kurashiki, Japan
Image: Mizushima Coast Guard Station / Newsflash)
A 39-foot whale was found crushed and hanging from the bow of a tanker after being towed into Japan across the Pacific Ocean.
Shocking images show the giant carcass that was found wedged on the ship when the ship sailed into Mizushima port in Kurashiki city last month.
The Coast Guard became aware of the incident after locals discovered the dead whale.
“I’ve lived for more than 80 years, but it’s my first time [seeing a whale]”Said an eyewitness, according to the Daily Mail.
The Mizushima Coast Guard office later identified the creature as a male Bryde’s whale weighing five tons, Insider reported.
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According to the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun, the tanker’s crew did not know that they had met the whale and towed it across the Pacific Ocean.
A spokesman for the Mizushima Coast Guard announced that it is investigating the incident to prevent it from happening in the future.
Michael Fishbach, managing director and co-founder of the Great Whale Conservancy, told Insider that for every whale recorded, a dozen whales are killed by a ship.
He said, “Because of the negative buoyancy of the whales they just sink to the bottom after they die, except in rare cases like this one where the whales are hit in the middle of their body and you have a situation like the one you see in the picture above.”
“There’s no question that the number of whales killed by ships every year runs into the thousands.”
The whale expert suggested that the number could be reduced if a body were appointed by the industry to approach the shipping companies with “calm, collective effort” to propose measures and changes.
Fishbach added that around 60% of the ships involved in whale attacks are container ships.