Whale that swam into French port with ghastly injury bleeds to death in front of hundreds of onlookers
The sea water started turning red as the severely injured 52ft fin whale swam up next to the breakwater in the Saint-Cyprien port in southern France
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An exhausted whale that was bleeding copious amounts of blood made a desperate attempt to get help by swimming into a French port. The sea water started turning red as the severely injured 52ft whale swam up next to the breakwater in the Saint-Cyprien port in southern France. The whale had a terrible gash around its blowhole that was bleeding constantly. Rescuers were desperate to try and help the animal but, tragically, nothing could be done to save it. Finally, in front of hundreds of onlookers, the whale breathed its last and sank to the bottom of the sea.
The Daily Mail reported that the animal was believed to be a fin whale which is the second largest species of whale after the blue whale. It was bleeding from its blowhole when it was first spotted by rescuers. The Regional Operational Center for Surveillance and Rescue in the Mediterranean (CROSS MED) sent a team to investigate the incident.
Intervention en cours sur le port de Saint Cyprien, une baleine blessée de 18 m retrouvée échouée dans le port.— SDIS 66 (@SDIS66) December 11, 2018
Présence de l’équipe des sauveteurs nautiques @SDIS66 pour baliser une zone de confort pour que le cétacé puisse reprendre des forces en attendant la suite du sauvetage pic.twitter.com/2W8Wi67qTo
The Mayor of Saint-Cyprien, Thierry Del Poso, said: "Authorities were ordered to do nothing and wait for the movements of the whale." The mayor also said that the local officials had been in contact with a team which specialized in helping stranded whales in Brittany.
Hundreds of locals rushed to the spot to see the unusual sight of a large whale so close to the land. Unfortunately, the exhausted animal died after struggling for some time in front of the public. An operation is going to be undertaken by marine biologists in an effort to determine the cause of death.
The fin whale is found in oceans across the world from the polar regions up to the tropics. Even though they have been known to move to high altitude areas to feed, very little is known about their migratory patterns.
The only predator which is powerful enough to take down a fin whale as its prey is the killer whale or orca. Killer whales have also been known to pursue fin whales for miles on end until the bigger whale gets tired and then they kill them in a brutal way by tearing them to pieces.