|The carcass of a whale washed ashore in Quan Lạn mangroves forest. — Photo provided by the witness|
QUẢNG NINH — The carcass of a huge whale has been washed ashore onto a mangrove forest in Quan Lạn Commune in the northeastern coastal province of Quảng Ninh’s Vân Đồn District.
According to local fishermen, when being found in the morning of Monday, the whale, weighing about 5-7 tonnes, was in the process of decomposition and giving off a strong smell.
The location is far from residential areas but on the local fishermen’s route to the sea. However, no one has travelled there for a while, as people are focusing on a traditional festival.
Lưu Minh Đức, Chairman of the Quan Lạn People’s Committee, said the current high water level made it difficult to handle the trapped carcass.
A plan was prepared to get the work done when the tide recedes, he noted.
Previously, local people once discovered a whale carcass washed to the beach, then a burial pit was dug and environmental treatment measures were quickly implemented. — VNS