KARACHI - A specimen of Bryde’s whale was found dead in Damb, Sonmiani area on 20 Miani Hor Lagoon, about 15 km from the opening to the open ocean.
Muhammad Moazzam Khan, Technical Adviser (Marine Fisheries) World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan (WWF – Pakistan) and ex-Director General, Marine Fisheries Department and Chairman of Pakistan Whale and Dolphin Society who inspected this whale informed that ambergris is not found in baleen whales and fishermen have unnecessarily mutilated the carcass of the animal. He also informed that whale seldom ventures so deep inside creeks and lagoons. It seems that in pursuit of their prey, which (small fishes) is found in shallow waters, this whale had accidentally entered in the Miani Hor lagoon and because of disorientation in the profile of the lagoon it ventured deep inside Miani Hor, stranded and eventually died.
A team of experts from WWF - Pakistan, Balochistan Forest and Wildlife Department, Fisheries Department Balochistan, local environmentalist and officials of two conservation organisations CARD (Coastal Association for Research and Development) and SDO (Sonmiani Development Organisation) inspected the beached whale and collected its samples for DNA and other analysis. According to Chief Executive of CARD, this whale was about 33.3 feet long which is adult size for the Bryde’s whale.
Muhamamd Amin, Conservator Forest and Wildlife Balochistan stressed the need for maintaining a databank of whales found live and dead along the coast of Pakistan. He also informed that all cetaceans including whale and dolphins are protected in Pakistan including Balochistan and their deliberate killing in punishable by law.
Master Rasheed, Chairman SDO who has implemented a project on dolphin in Miani Hor with assistance of Ocean Park Foundation, Hong Kong informed that Miani Hor is very rich in dolphin population but very rarely whales enter this lagoon. In most cases, these whales find their way back to open ocean but sometimes whale after entering in the Miani Hor gets disoriented and die.