A rarely-seen blue whale washed up in Namibia – after a likely hit-and-run ship strike

Source Sea Search – Namibian Dolphin Project

  • A blue whale was found floating off the coast of Walvis Bay by local tour operators on 26 April.
  • Scientists from the Namibian Dolphin Project who investigated the scene are sure its cause of death was due to a hit-and-run ship strike.
  • The blue whale is the world’s largest animal and is also listed as being critically endangered. Today less than 1% of its original pre-whaling size is left.
  • Sightings of blue whales are incredibly rare along the southern African coastline, with only a handful recorded since whaling was banned. 
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What was meant to be a very rare sighting of a blue whale by a tourism boat off the coast of Walvis Bay in Namibia was short-lived, when onlookers realised that the whale was dead. It was most likely killed in a hit-and-run-ship strike.

The blue whale, a young female measuring 18.3 metres, was found by local tour operators Laramon Tours on 26 April….

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