|Members of the National Marine Fisheries Service examine the dead calf. © Chris Stone|
December 12, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes several of the latest reports on strange animal behavior across globe.
Dead grey whale calf washes ashore in Del Mar, CaliforniaLifeguards closed off beach access to Del Mar Shores Friday morning after a dead, newborn gray whale washed ashore, officials confirmed.
The decomposing whale was discovered at the Del Mar Shore access point, near Solana Beach, around 8:10 a.m.
According to Jim Gilpatrick with the NOAA Fisheries, the calf is about three to four weeks old.
"It may have been separated from its mother and was unable to nurse because they'll nurse all the way down to the lagoons," said Gilpatrick. Biologists are not sure why the whale died. There was no sign of foul play or fishing lines, and Gilpatrick speculated the animal may have been born weak. They took samples to try to determine the cause death.
WATCH: Baby whale washes ashore in Solana Beach.
Strong winds hit the beach throughout the morning. The whale was tossed back and forth in choppy water as lifeguards worked to surround the animal. They used a long rope and chain to secure the calf.
Eventually, lifeguards hoisted the 2,000-pound carcass onto a flatbed truck at lifeguard headquarters in Fletcher Cove. From there, it was transported to the Miramar landfill.
This is the time of year gray whales migrate south to give birth. Gilpatrick said some three to four newborn calves die every year during the southern migration.
"Well, it's not the kind of whale watching you really want to have," said Adam Carruth, a Solana Beach resident, "but it's unfortunate, whale died and washed up on the beach." - NBC San Diego.
Buffalo herd running loose
|People in the Tisdale, Sask., area are being told to watch out for a large herd of buffalo that's running loose. A Yukon herd is shown here. (Government of Yukon)|
The Mounties are warning the public about "a herd of buffalo" running loose near Tisdale, Sask.
On Friday, a herd of as many as 100 animals was seen crossing Highway 35, about 30 kilometres south of the east-central town.
The buffalo, or bison as they are more properly called, have also been spotted on grid roads in the area in the rural municipality of Barrier Valley.
The RM says it's working on a plan to corral them to eliminate the risk to the public and motorists.
It's asking the public not to chase or scare the animals, as it will make capturing them more difficult.
Instead, people who spot any loose bison are asked to call the RM at (306) 323-2101.
Drivers are also being warned to drive with care and take extra precautions until the situation is resolved.
There was no immediate word on where the bison came from. - CBC News.
Cuvier's beaked whale found dead on coast of Malaysia
|A sad end for the whale, as the carcass was found not far from where it was beached a day after it was pushed back into the sea. © Bintulu Fire and Rescue Department|
A courageous attempt to save a beached whale turned tragic when it was found dead hours after its rescue.
The Fire and Rescue Department team despatched to Tanjung Batu beach at 7.30pm on Friday, managed to bring it back to sea after a three-hour attempt despite choppy waters.
Expressing disappointment, Bintulu Fire and Rescue Department chief William Baheng said the whale had been alive and well when they managed to bring it back to the sea, but the discovery of its carcass by the public earlier today was saddening.
"We did our best to save it despite bad weather. But to hear about the discovery of the carcass in the morning is sad news for us," said Baheng when contacted by The Rakyat Post.
A Sarawak Forestry Corporation spokesperson identified the carcass as the Cuvier's Beaked Whale or Ziphius Cavirostris, among the world's threatened marine mammal species, as listed under International Union for Conservation of Nature.
"They are widely distributed in offshore waters from the tropics to the polar regions in both hemispheres.
"Native within the waters of this region, they are also found in many enclosed seas, such as the Gulf of California, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, Sea of Japan, and the Sea of Okhotsk," said the spokesperson.
The Cuvier Beaked Whale is also the only species of beaked whale regularly found in the Mediterranean. - The Rakyat Post.