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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Details: whale stranded in the coastal river, was the “ritual of purification”

New versions about the reasons of falling of the bowhead whale in the mouth of the river in the national Park “shantarsky island” in the Khabarovsk territory expressed researcher of the laboratory of marine mammals of the Institute of Oceanology of the RAS, Alexander AGAFONOV.

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– Besides the fact that Keith could actually drive into the “trap” killer whales inhabiting the sea of Okhotsk, may I suggest two more reasons, – says the biologist. – Firstly, it cannot be excluded that the whale drifted ashore due to illness. Almost all known cases of emissions of marine mammals ashore, including mass, are associated with their diseases. That’s why they are smelling the illness tend to the shore, still not clear. The second reason for the incident with the Khabarovsk kit could be the so-called “ritual of purification” – the whales over time become overgrown with crustaceans and shells, and come into shallow waters on purpose, to be cleansed of unpleasant “ballast”. To get threat in the mouth of the whale could due to inexperience (according to our estimates, he was not more than 5 years). If now, according to local residents, he had already plunged into the water, this is very encouraging information, because on land, in conditions of dehydration, he felt like sitting on oven, and dressed in a warm fur coat.

Recall that a whale trapped in the river mouth, some time ago was able to turn around and dive into the water. In the near future, as scientists hope, Keith will be able to return to their native element.


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