A dead whale was found washed up on the beach of al-Qahmah in Asir, southern Saudi Arabia, a few days ago.
The whale which died on Saturday was reported by local media as a Humpback whale, considered to be the largest if its species in the world.
These whales are about 15 meters long and have a body circumference of 4-6 meters, according to the Saudi Ministry of Environment.
The Director of the Fisheries Branch in al-Qahmah, Ali Hamddi, said that upon receiving a report by the border guards of seeing a dead marine animal at the Al-Qahmah station, field teams were dispatched to identify the animal and its cause of death.
Officials said that that whales come into the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf by swimming beside large ships and oil tankers, but then lose their way and cannot return to the wider ocean.
This causes suffocation because of drought and hot weather or injury due to the close proximities of the tankers.