On a beach in Sainte-Lucie de Porto Vecchio (Corse-du-Sud), a 6-meter whale was stranded.
A 6-meter, one-ton Cuvier’s beaked whale was stranded on a beach in Sainte-Lucie de Porto Vecchio (Corse-du-Sud), we learned on Wednesday from the town and the CARI association. “She was seen drifting on Monday and discovered yesterday (Tuesday) at the end of the morning in the town of Sainte-Lucie de Porto-Vecchio”, Catherine Cesarini, president of the association “Cétacés Association Recherche Insulaire” told AFP. (CARI) who took samples from this adult male specimen on Wednesday morning.
“The animal was in a place that was not accessible to the knacker, it was stuck in the rocks, so the town hall sent a boat which towed the animal to bring it near the disposal. water in order to allow its evacuation”, explained this cetologist who is responsible for Corsica for the National Stranding Network (RNE). This network intervenes, at the request of the public authorities, in the event of the stranding of marine mammals. “I cannot establish the causes of death but there was an anomaly in the lungs,” said Cesarini.
She specified that collisions with these large cetaceans were increasingly rare, specifying that this Cuvier’s beaked whale was “a deep diver”, up to 1,500 m, “a fairly rare animal, which we does not observe easily, shy at sea”. “In the literature, often they have problems because they come up very quickly from great depths following sounds propagated by submarines or sonars,” she explained.
“We are going to look for heavy metals”
The samples taken are not intended to establish the cause of death but to “learn as much as possible about what nature gives us without taking samples from the populations”, she also indicated. “We will look for heavy metals in the bacon to find the pollutants, we will look at the stomach contents to find out the diet, possibly with the interaction with fishing, we will also look at sexual maturity”, she said. detailed.
All cetaceans combined, “there are an average of 15 to 20 per year” which wash up on the entire Corsican coast, knowing that, according to estimates, “only 10% of individuals who die at sea are brought back to the coast by waves and current”, most disappearing offshore.