The authorities tried to cross the floating pony carcasses away from beaches, but returned – twice.
Credit: Hawaii Land and Natural Resources
A massive male sperm mucoglass that looks like the world's largest marshmallow that has been drawing Oahu, Hawaii beaches in the past month. Scientists now benefit from the proximity of the whales dead sperm to the shore and use it as a chance to learn more about these big mammals.
The white white carcass first appeared on January 10 on the southern shore of Oahu. Twice, the authorities brought out the carcasses to the sea to try to keep away from the beach. "The idea is that they are [whale carcasses] sharks are often feeding on them, and if they come close to the beach, they may be close to the shoreline where people are swimming, "said Kristi West, director of the marine mammalian thread program at the Marine Biology Institute Hawaii & i.
But after both add-ons, but days later, the kettle returns to the shores. After the second attempt failed, the authorities decided to leave the carcasses when it came to a land, on a remote western part of Oahu that swimmers often do not disappear. [Whale Album: Giants of the Deep]
During his floating journey around Oahu, the muffin carcasses were in a sufficiently depressed condition, such as a little boiled marshmallow, a bog. As a result, the outer layer of gray-colored skin quickly withdrawn, after its death, revealing the top layer of a thick white tiny layer, said the West.
"When they are [whales] live and well, you can not see the white, "she said. In the interior of the carcass, the release of gas dropped off the abdominal cavity." The balloon look out. "
White carcasses are not white, most mammals prefer to examine because it means that the animal is dead for a while. Not only are they really sad and in kind, but "we can not do all the tests we could do what we really could do really [dead] Whale these threads, "said the West.
However, the West and their colleagues are striving to find out what they can about the animal and why it has died. "We've watched it every day," she said.
The whale is located right along the shoreline, so in recent tidal times, scientists quickly worked to put the belly on the abdomen. The most interested in the stomach content of whales, the West said. The researchers did not find any evidence of the intake of plastic or marine debris, which was known to have prejudiced sperm whales and other large species around the world. Instead, the stomach stomach was empty, "so it tells us that the animal was not out," said West.
West and his colleagues have the empty stomach capable of having the animal likely to expire. Sperm whales set thousands of legs to hunt their favorite prey: deep squid and octopus. These marine giants get about 2,000 lbs. (900 kilograms) of food every day, according to the American Society of Cetaceans, and it takes enough energy to capture too many prey. If this sperm mucosoma was not in good health, its energy would not be worth, West said.
The necropsy also allowed the researchers to build measurements and estimate that the whale was about 55 feet (16.7 meters) in length, which is roughly the largest for a male sperm vaccine, West said. Since the carcass continues to concentrate, the Western and its staff will examine the contents of the mucous bones to determine whether the creature was ship hit. But so far, there is not enough exposure bone to say that there was a ship strike.
When dead mammals come dead, they should be certain that the authorities will know immediately so that researchers can examine the animal as soon as possible, the West said. "As the decomposition goes on and forth, there is no more detailed knowledge of what we can get from these animals that go far off at sea," she said. "We rely on the public to report them."
First published Life Science.