Whale carcass washes up in mangrove forest in northern Vietnam

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Whale carcass washes up in mangrove forest in northern Vietnam

A whale carcass is stranded in a mangrove forest in Quan Lan Commune, Van Don District, Quang Ninh Province, Vietnam, July 18, 2022. Photo: Ngoc Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Residents in the northern Vietnamese province of Quang Ninh discovered the corpse of a whale weighing about 10 metric tons that had washed up ashore at a local mangrove forest on Monday.

Chau Ngoc Tuan, a local man from Quan Lan Commune in Quang Ninh’s Van Don District, was the first to discover the whale carcass, according to commune chairman Luu Minh Duc.

Before that, the wind carried a strong stench that covered Tuan’s whole village.

Tuan and other villagers tracked down the smell and found the whale carcass at the Bai Mam mangrove forest.

Only the whale’s bones and skin remained and its 10-metric-ton body was in an advanced state of decomposition.

Its body length was about five meters and the fluke width was around 1.5 meters.

Chairman Duc said the authorities plan to bury the whale carcass on the spot on Tuesday when the tide goes out in order to ensure the hygiene of the local marine environment.

Previously, people in Quan Lan have discovered whales stranded in the commune’s waters multiple times and rescued most of them in time, according to Duc.

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