Whale, Thought To Be Injured, Stranded On Athens Beach
Umer Jamshaid Published January 28, 2022 | 04:52 PM
Efforts were underway on Friday to rescue a small whale, apparently weak and injured, that got stranded on a beach in a suburb of the Greek capital
Athens, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Jan, 2022 ) :Efforts were underway on Friday to rescue a small whale, apparently weak and injured, that got stranded on a beach in a suburb of the Greek capital.
Live whale sightings are rare in Athens.
Coastguards kept watch from a dinghy nearby.
Aimilia Drougas, an oceanographer from the Arion cetacean rescue centre, identified the mammal as a Cuvier's beaked whale.
She told AFP the whale, apparently an adolescent from its size, had a snout injury and had originally appeared on Thursday a few kilometres to the south, in the suburb of Vouliagmeni.
Arion staff had tried to coax it out to sea, but it had returned, she said.
Alexandros Frantzis, a marine biologist at the non-profit Pelagos Institute, told ERT the mammal could have become disoriented due to ongoing seismic research for hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Kyparissia in western Greece, one of its main habitats.
"It's one of the four most important habitats in the world for these animals." "We are destroying their home...for hydrocarbons," Frantzis said.
Although sightings of live whales are extremely unusual in the capital, whale carcasses occasionally wash up, mainly in the Greek islands.
Cuvier's beaked whales can dive up to 4,000 metres and usually grow to up to seven metres (23 feet) in length, Drougas said.