By Daily Mail Reporter
..A make-shift funeral was held for a young humpback whale which died after being washed ashore in Canada.
People gathered on White Rock beach in British Columbia to pay their respects to the magnificent creature, which came into difficulty after getting caught up in fishing net.
It became grounded on the beach and was first spotted on the sandy tidal flats early on Tuesday.
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Paying their respects: People gather around the beached humpback whale that died during low tide in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
Tragic: The young humpback struggled for hours before it died
Touching: People gather around a beached humpback whale that died during low tide in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
Well-wishers lay roses and other flowers on top of the unfortunate animal after authorities removed the net that had plagued it for several hours before it died.
That net will be used to trace its owner, although officials say it is believed to have been a case of accidental entanglement.
The whale endured a long struggle, without food, prior to its death, Department of Fisheries and Oceans marine mammal co-ordinator Paul Cottrell told the Canadian Press.
‘There may be other underlying issues regarding the animal's health as well as the fishing gear,’ he said. ‘It had been towing it, it was through it's mouth.’
Respectful: Officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans look on as a rose left by a bystander sits on the beached humpback whale that died during low tide
Sea life: Marine experts will try to identify the whale so that they can track where it has been in the past
Marine experts will try to identify the whale so that they can track where it has been in the past.
‘That's kind of a fingerprint we have to see where the animal is from.’ Cottrell told the news agency.
‘We'll be taking DNA samples as well as other samples and hopefully we will be able to determine the individual animal because there is a photo ID catalogue with tail fluke patterns.’
They hope to learn information about how the whale became entangled so that they can identify future threats to other whales off the British Columbia coast.
Humpbacks are listed as threatened under Canada's Species at Risk Act.
Collected: The fishing net will be used to trace its owner, although officials say it is believed to have been a case of accidental entanglement
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Funeral for whale that dies after hours-long struggle with fishing wire that ended with it washed up on Canada beach
By Daily Mail Reporter