Subject: Info: Bangladesh villagers cut up blue whale

Michael Williamson (pita@whale.simmons.edu)
Mon, 18 Mar 1996 11:03:54 -0500 (EST)

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Date: Sun, 17 Mar 96 12:24:00 UTC 0000
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To: marmam@uvvm.uvic.ca, pita@whale.simmons.edu
Subject: Bangladesh villagers cut up be

Bangladesh villagers cut up beached blue whale

    COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, March 17 (Reuter) - Jubilant
Bangladesh villagers struggled several hours to cut up a rare
blue whale found dead on a beach near Teknaf, 80 km (50 miles)
from Cox's Bazar resort, officials said on Sunday.
     They said villagers, mostly fishermen, who use oil extracted
from whales to treat many diseases, cut up the giant mammal and
took the pieces home.
     They quoted Teknaf residents as saying the 17-meter-long
whale apparently washed up on the beach on Friday night and died
the next day.
     Three blue whales have been found on the same beach on the
Bay of Bengal over the last 10 years, they said.