A 40-foot decomposed carcass of a Bryde’s whale washed ashore in two parts at Colaba on Saturday. This is the second such incident in the city this year. “It appears that the whale snapped into two after its death and washed ashore in a decomposed condition. It seems to have died 20-25 days ago,” said Makarand Ghodke, the Assistant Conservator of Forests.
The whale was first spotted by residents of Oyster Building in Navy Nagar behind which it was washed ashore. However, they did not know who to contact until Monday, when they informed the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), who then alerted the forest department.
As the mammal washed ashore in a completely decomposed condition, there was no possibility of a post-mortem.
“Members from the Konkan Cetacean Research Team (KCRT) have taken tissue samples for testing. We have buried the bigger part, 26-foot long, at the spot where it was found. But the smaller part, 14-foot long, is in an inaccessible place along the shore and we will burn it there,” Ghodke added.
In May this year, a decomposed carcass of a Bryde’s whale had washed onto Mumbai’s shore in two parts.
While the head portion had washed onto Madh Beach, the other part washed onto Juhu Beach.