VIDEO: Dead Sperm Whale Washes Up on the Reef at Turtle Cove in Yona

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Guam – A mature Sperm Whale has washed up on the reef of Turtle Cove in Yona. A Navy helicopter crew spotted it yesterday [Wednesday] afternoon. 

Guam Department of Agriculture Biologist Brent Tibbatts estimates that the whale is about 60 feet long and probably weighs 40 tons. It appears to be a male he said. It is about the 4th Sperm Whale to wash up on the east coast in the past 6 years. 

[photo courtesy of Brent Tibbatts]

Guam lies along the migration route for Sperm Whales in the western Pacific. The migration typically occurs between January and May. “Sometimes, some of the whale don’t make it,” said Tibbatts. 

Tibbatts said Department of Agriculture Enforcement Officers will remove the jaw from the whale and samples will be taken from its stomach to try and determine the cause of death.

He cautions residents from trying to go out on the reef and claim a sample of their own. It is illegal to take parts from endangered species like Sperm Whale and the carcass also poses a health risk. What ever disease it may have died from,  it could be transmitted to humans, said Tibbetts. In addition,  the current along the reef there is treacherous. 

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[photo courtesy of Brent Tibbatts]