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Sightings and Strandings
9/A, Balaji Apartments, Dutta Raul Marg, Near Convent Girls Highschool, Dadar (W)
* According to the current understanding of distribution, Fin, Minke and Sei whales are not present in the Northern Indian ocean.
The animal was stranded on Saturday 21st October 2017 but was reported on 23rd October 2017. The individual was stranded in two parts. Posterior portion washed ashore near the Afghan church shore and the anterior (head) region was found near the Colaba pumping station. The tail region was inaccessible (approx. length estimate was 5 m.) The head region was measured at 7.8 m. The total ventral pleat count was 43-44. Bryde's whales match this pleat count.
The carcass was in advanced stages of decomposition and the jaw bones and certain vertebrae were exposed.
Mangrove Cell, Maharashtra Forest Department