Last week, a CSIP team from ZSL carried out a field examination of a whale brought into Portsmouth on 30th December, by a cargo vessel that had transited from
(national reference SW2019/694).
The team found that it was a 17.1m juvenile male fin whale in apparently good nutritional condition, with well-developed muscle mass and blubber deposits. The team found evidence of recent feeding, but no gross evidence of disease or discernible parasite burden. An extensive area of haemorrhage and oedema within the peritoneal wall and also over the thoracic region was consistent with the whale being struck by the vessel whilst alive and ship-strike is considered to be the most probable proximal cause of death.
This was the third fin whale reported to the CSIP during 2019- approximately three fin whales are reported each year in the UK (data CSIP database 2015-2019, n=17). Data from examinations of ship-strike cases like these are contributed to a global initiative run by the International Whaling Commission, in an effort to learn more about the issue and mitigate this threat in the future.
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At the end of 2019 saw a tragic loss for marine life as a 20 Metre long rorqual whale was spotted lodged onto the bow of the cote d’Ivoirian Star cargo ship as it sailed towards Portsmouth Harbour on the 30th of December 2019.
It is not known if the whale had died as a result of the collision or was picked up while the ship was in transit from Senegal, transporting tropical fruit. The whale was removed from the ship and bought ashore at Portsmouth harbour using a crane.
Jim Gildea and his Total Trauma & Extreme Cleaning team took an unusual phone call to assist urgently at the dock. Coincidentally Jim and Darren fox has been undertaking their maritime and coast-guard agency tier 2 spill response training in Ramsgate on December 30th, and we’re tasked to assist in Portsmouth port on December 31st!
Jim was on hand New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to provide professional services until the whale was able to be transported to a facility in Essex.
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