Subject: Blue Whale Aground At Beach in (fwd)

Mike Williamson (
Sat, 19 Jul 1997 12:04:32 -0400 (EDT)

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Subject: Blue Whale Aground At Beach in

Blue Whale Aground At Beach in South China

   HAIKOU (July 16) XINHUA - A blue whale swam aground and died on a
beach of Yadang Bay in south China's Hainan Province, a large island
separated from the mainland by the Qiongzhou Strait.
   The whale was found by local fishermen in Chengmai County, who were
frightened by the blood-stained water and the immensity of the mammal,
which was 11 meters long, 1.7 m wide and 1.2 m tall.
   Experts from the local aquatic products bureau agreed that the whale
weighed six to seven tons.
   The fishermen also spotted another giant sea mammal swimming alone
nearby, and the experts speculated that it was the dead whale's mate.
   This is the first time that this kind of whale has been found in the
sea area of Qiongzhou Strait, as most blue whales live in northern
Pacific Ocean, according to the experts.