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The Death Of A Whale

Updated on April 12, 2014

Whales are marine mammals, named by their orders such as: sperm, killer, pilot, beluga, blue, humpback, bow-head, minke and baleen. Whales have beached throughout history. Many of their stranding can be attributed to natural and environmental factors.

On the morning of June 2, 2012 many people of Puerto Rico were having various feelings toward a huge whale that was found stranded on the coast near Luquillo by the Condominium Sandy Hills. It was reported that it was approximately 30 feet long and about 15,000 lbs.

The whale found stranded here in Puerto Rico was a sperm whale. The name comes from the milky-white waxy substance found in the animals head. The sperm whale's brain is the largest of any animal. These whales are very difficult to study because they spend most of their time in open water, away from coastlines.

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Stranded whale in Puerto Rico

What was in the news

As posted in the news, the biologist Antonio Mignucci reported that the weight of the whale was too low and that a necropsy will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death of the sperm whale.

The biologist Francisco Guzman explained that whenever a whale is close to the coast it means that it is in trouble and that it does not want to drown.

It is understood that the whale was hurt because blood was found in the area. Last night Rangers Corps staff of the agency DNER found a placenta-like tissue. Their theory is that the whale could have aborted. Agency staff has not detected a possible breeding area. The tissue was sent to the Fisheries Research Laboratory of the DNER.

What would you do?

What would you do if you find any living nature in trouble? I guess we will try to help one way or the other.

The people that found the whale did what was in their hands to help and keep it alive, but it died. Some will say that nature was in activity at that moment and that nothing could be done but many times a help might become a blessing either way.

Above I shared some pictures and below a video that were posted in some Internet media. Let's be prepared to know what should be done in a situation where help is needed.

Whale stranded in the beach of Luquillo, Puerto Rico

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S.O.S to a strand whale

Humans have the gift of love; this enables us to an altruism behavior in search of benefits for others. Mercy was given to us by God, for then we become merciful unto others as well. However, be it scientific, environmentalist, naturalistic, one way or the other ...we the people are capable of making great and unexpected movements on behalf of wellness.

Link to a video helping a whale in South Australia

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Whales stranded in Irish

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Stranded whales

New Zealand has one of the highest sea mammals stranding rates. Each year around 300 whales and dolphins get stuck on the country's coast.

It is uncertain in many cases the reasons of stranding whales. In many cases strand is due to:

  • Diseases
  • Physical traumas
  • Birth
  • Nature conditions
  • Humans activities

The kind of stranded whale, from the eighty-six species of the Cetacean order, usually depends on the location of these amazing creatures. Some whales are named as:

  • Humpback
  • Pilot
  • Bow head
  • Blue whale
  • North Atlantic, North Pacific and Southern
  • Bryde's
  • Mink
  • Finn
  • Sei
  • Etc.

Pilot Whales

Pilot whales in Everglades
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A baleen whale


Human intervention

What happens when a whale strands alive without the possibility of going back to its home the ocean? Should someone come along to intervene the painful slowly death? When it comes to issues such as death; oppositions will be heard in a variety of manifestations. The sad part of this is that we ought to know what to do in a situation like this because it is a reality.

Search, learn then decide

I invite you to read the link at the right side concerning euthanizing stranded whales. Before deciding I recommend in any situation to read, investigate and observe.

Whales are incredible creations watch the documentary video of a whales life, knowing helps decide.

Blessings to all!

© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill

Whale Life documentary


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      Greg Boudonck 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico

      Its too bad the whale died. I wish we could have went down and saw it, but everyone was probably there.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Yes Froggy213 too bad it died but it is call natural happenings some we like others we don't. I do not like to feel trap like the whale that is why I did not want to go.

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      Simplytommy 5 years ago

      A great story and informatnal as well. Tom

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Simplytommy it is a privileged to read your comment. Thanks!

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      Humble ~ mumble 5 years ago

      They are some of the earth's most majestic mammals.

      To most human beings, the ways of nature seem cruel

      and unusual.Big or small we all have one moment in

      time, when our life will end.

      ~~~ Time flies. Use it well! ~~~

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Humble ~ mumble yes life ends here but for those that accepted Christ as their personal Savior will live forever. Very deep words as usual, thanks for the comment.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      These loving creatures are so family oriented. I wouldn't be surprised if it not only died of blood loss but from a broken heart as well.

      Thank you for haring.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      shiningirisheyes that is the attitude we all ought to have toward animals; know and understand their living nature. Thanks for your comment.

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