The animal was stranded on Saturday in Pas-de-Calais. Analyzes will help determine the exact causes of his death.
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A whale about fifteen meters long which ran aground in the Pas-de-Calais on Saturday March 27 was cut up and evacuated on Wednesday March 31, reports France Blue North. This cetacean was in “an advanced state of putrefaction”. He had been spotted for the first time this weekend on the beach of Merlimont, before setting out again at sea and returning on Tuesday between Le Touquet and Stella Plage in the town of Cucq, in Pas-de-Calais.
It took about three hours this Wednesday morning to cut up the animal. “We don’t go there like it’s a sardine”, explained to the microphone of France Bleu Nord Jacky Karpouzopoulos, of the mammalogical coordination North of France. A 25 tonne crane had to be used for over three hours. The animal’s body was cut into five pieces, including the head and tail. “It’s spectacular, because you can hear a lot of things cracking up”, continues the specialist. Jacky Karpouzopoulos found that the cetacean’s stomach was empty and had not fed for a long time.
Analyzes are underway and should make it possible to determine the exact causes of the animal’s death. Muscle was also taken to determine the precise species of this whale. The whale is the second largest living animal on the planet, after the blue whale.