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Whale found dead on Kuwaiti beach

The whale, which measured 14 meters and weighed more than fifty tons, died due to unknown causes

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A beached whale was found washed up on the shores of Failaka Island in Kuwait this week, Al Arabiya News channel reported Friday.

The whale, which measured 14 meters and weighed more than fifty tons, died due to unknown causes.

It is a species of whale known for its unique jawbone and it subsists on a diet of crustaceans and fish, Abdullah al-Zeidan, a member of the Environment Public Authority, said.

It might have lost its way or it may have come into contact with a ship, added Zeidan, giving possible reasons for the animal’s death.

By the time it was found, the whale was severely bloated. As a result, authorities punctured the whale’s body to prevent further swelling.

The measure taken by the Kuwaiti authorities led to the leak of toxic ammonia gas. The holes also heightened the rate of decomposition of the animal.

The animal is due to be dissected and its bones will be kept in a museum. It is the third reported whale to be found on Kuwaiti shores.

The first reported beached whale was found forty years ago and its skeleton was kept by the Kuwaiti officials.