Tech & Science An eight-meter-long whale runs aground in the Bay of Somme

14:40  30 september  2020
14:40  30 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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On Tuesday, September 29, on-foot fishermen found the lifeless body of an eight-meter-long whale, stranded on a beach in the Bay of Somme, in the town of Crotoy. This discovery is all the more intriguing because this cetacean is not used to approaching so close to the coast.

A whale was found dead, stranded in the Bay of Somme at low tide, off the Crotoy . Fishermen on foot discovered his body Tuesday, September 29, around 1 p.m., reports France 3 Hauts-de-France .

The day before, other fishermen had seen the corpse of this mammal close to the whale, floating in the sea.

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Au Crotoy, a whale eight meters long found stranded in the bay of #Somme @DelphineDubourg #LeCrotoy https://t.co/RcNS2PbgP4 pic.twitter.com/9gE6BrqpVi

- France 3 Picardie (@ F3Picardie) September 29, 2020

“A rare event”

“This Tuesday, a dead whale eight meters long and weighing four to five tonnes was stranded on a beach in the nature reserve located in the town of Crotoy ”, confirms the prefecture of the Somme , cited by France Bleu Picardie . This animal can measure up to 20 meters, says local radio.

The police and the Picardie nature association were the first to go there. "It is a rare event to find yourself confronted here with this type of stranding," Sarah Monnet, of Picardie Nature, told Journal d'Abbeville . The presence of whales in the English Channel is not common, the area is far too narrow and deep for them. "

Autopsy before rendering

Two members of the national stranding network of the Pelagis marine observatory, based in La Rochelle, are due to take samples from the animal this Wednesday, September 30. Objective: to better understand the causes of his death and the reasons for his presence in the Bay of Somme.

At the end of this autopsy, the rangers of the Bay Nature Reserve will be able to evacuate the carcass of the cetacean. It will be returned to rendering.

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