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Sperm whale discovered

A pygmy sperm whale or Kogiabrviceps was spotted this week by a resident of Fuerteventura


 It appeared to be stranded between Tarajalejo and La Lajita in the south of the island, who called 112 emergency services.

The Government of Fuerteventura issued a statement later that environmental agents had reported the discovery of this pygmy sperm whale to the Red de Cetaceos Varados de Canarias and the Veterinarians of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC).

It was also reported that environmental staff of the Government of Fuerteventura and staff of the Oasis Park La Lajita Zoo found that this pygmy sperm whale had died. It is reported that it was an adult male measuring 2.10 metres and in advanced state of decomposition and with scavenging marks by sharks, but the cause of death is still not known.

The pygmy sperm whale is a resident species of the Canary Islands, but with a population of only a few specimens, and it is not common to see them in the sea, since they dive for a long time.