By Cathy Elelman • 11 November 2019 • 21:00
NO CHOICE: Equinac reported the whale was suffering and therefore the only option to put it down.
CREDIT: Equinac Facebook page @asociacionequinac.org
IT was a sad ending for a beak whale which beached on an Almerimar beach early on Monday morning.
Local Police and members of the Equinac marine life rescue association went to try and help the five-metre long female following an alert from El Ejido municipal cleaning service personnel.
The creature was still alive when they got to the beach, but according to Equinac it had many injuries and was suffering, leaving them no option but for the team vet to put it down, assisted by a local veterinary clinic.
The local council then had to get in a crane to be able to move the dead whale to Equinac’s Almerimar centre for an autopsy, which in accordance with the established protocol on the species has to be carried out by experts, who are on their way from the Canary Islands.
Posting on Facebook, Equinac commented that when a lone cetacean of this size beaches it is because it is sick or suffering.
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Cathy Elelman is the local writer for the Costa de Almeria edition of the Euro Weekly News.
Based in Mojacar for the last 21 years, Cathy is very much part of the local community and is always well and truly up on all the latest news and events going on in this region of Spain.
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