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  • A uncommon species of blue whale washed up on a seaside in Namibia. 
  • Scientists say the legions on the physique of the lifeless whale recommend the mammal collided with a ship. 
  • Solely between 10,000 and 25,000 blue whales dwell on the planet at present, in response to the World Large Fund for Nature.

JOHANNESBURG: The lifeless physique of a uncommon, endangered species of a blue whale washed up on a seaside in Namibia on Tuesday with lesions suggesting it collided with a ship, scientists stated.

A whale-watcher first noticed the mammal on Monday, “floating upside down” off Namibia’s port city of Walvis Bay, conservationist Simon Elwen instructed AFP.

The physique drifted to shore on Tuesday morning, revealing a damaged pectoral fin.

“The balance of evidence at the moment strongly suggests it was struck by a ship very close to the bay,” Elwen stated, noting the freshness of the animal´s pores and skin urged the incident happened close to to land.

Samples would quickly present extra perception into the reason for loss of life, he added.

Blue whales have been slowly re-populating southern Africa´s oceans after being nearly worn out by many years of whaling.

Sightings stay uncommon, nevertheless, as numbers are nonetheless low and they don’t normally enterprise close to the shoreline.

Whereas it isn’t unusual for different marine mammals to be hit by ships, Elwen stated the blue whale´s loss of life can be a primary within the area — proof that each cetacean numbers and marine visitors had elevated.

Solely between 10,000 and 25,000 blue whales dwell on the planet at present, in response to the World Large Fund for Nature.

The species, listed as “endangered” by the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature, continues to be threatened by habitat loss and air pollution.

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