On Saturday, valiant efforts by Martinique fishers and officials of the Island’s environmental directorate failed to save a stranded whale weighing about 1.5 tons.
Local reports indicate that the rescue effort, including an attempt to tow the animal to the open sea, got underway shortly before noon, but by 1:00 pm, the animal was dead.
The whale became disoriented and found itself in the relatively shallow water of the fishing port of Le Lamentin.
According to Martinique 1Ere, the whale had been injured and lost a lot of blood.
“We did everything we could, but we didn’t succeed. There weren’t enough of us,” one of the fishers who went to the rescue said.
Thomas Alexandrine, a ranger at the Martinique Natural Park and member of the stranded cetacean observation network in Martinique (ROCEM), told RCI.FM that the whale possibly got hurt due to a collision at sea with a cargo ship or other vessel.