According to the authorities, the beached whale that was found in New Jersey died due to human interaction. Officials are not yet sure about the exact cause of death of the mammal, but the autopsy showed signs of severe emaciation.
The 33-foot beached whale was found in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. The team in charge of the investigation determined that the mammal was dead for over our days before washing ashore.
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center located in Brigantine believes that the juvenile male hunchback whale probably died due to “human interaction.”
The necropsy that was completed this Saturday established that the animal was caught, at some point during its life, in a commercial fishing line. The scars that braised its body were proof of the unfortunate encounter between the large sea mammal and the stray lines that remain behind commercial fishing ships.
Bob Scholekopf, the Founding Director of the MMSC, believed that the incredibly thin allure of the animal and the concerning amount of food in its stomach were most probably caused by an injury.
The most likely scenario is that the whale was hunting when it got caught in a stray fishing net. After struggling to get out of the net, and getting the scars to prove it, the animal managed to hurt its mouth or teeth.
Due to the injury, the young male hunchback was unable to feed itself properly, so it slowly got weaker and weaker until it died either because of starvation, either because of its injuries.
Other conclusions of the necropsy revealed that the animal was also hit by a motor ship, most probably after it already died.
Recently, the ICC determined that any crimes against the environment should also be considered crimes against humanity.
The ICC believes that any crime against the environment, this includes poaching, deforestation, land appropriation, and the murder of endangered animals can be considered a crime against humanity because the repercussions that that actions have on the environment will also be felt by future generations.
What do you think about the situation of the beached whale? Should commercial fishers be sanctioned when they leave nets afloat in the ocean?
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