A dead sperm whale was found stranded in an area of mangrove trees on Tasilo Beach, Rote Ndao regency, in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) last week.
The decaying carcass of the 9.2-meter whale was first discovered in the coastal area of Tasilo village by local fishermen, it appeared to have extensive injuries.
“We have deployed a team to the location to retrieve and bury the sperm whale carcass,” Kupang Water Conservation Area Agency (BKKPN) head Ikram Sangadji said on Sunday.
Ikram said the team had conducted an investigation in the field, but they could not yet draw any conclusions as to what caused the whale’s death.
Kupang BKKPN team in co-operation with Rote Ndao and Kupang Disaster Mitigation Agency, as well as locals from Tasilo village, dug a giant pit on the shore using excavators to bury the whale on Sunday.
People living in the area had been banned from taking or consuming the whale meat.
According to information provided by local residents, Ikram said the huge mammal was first found dead on Jan. 22 at around 1 p.m. local time.