The death of a humpback whale along the Canadian coast has made several dogs sick after eating its carcasses, according to reports earlier this week.
This large marine animal has washed ashore along the coast of British Columbia, where its decomposing flesh has not only disturbed its surrounding environment but also baited dogs in the area.
The dead whale is just one of four dead humpback whales that have washed up along the shores of British Columbia over the past month.
The series of related events prompted local authorities to warn against handling dead animals or marine animals in the area.
The warning is especially relevant to pet owners to prevent their furry friends from eating the carcass flesh of dead whales.
This mysterious phenomenon has authorities and conservationists alike concerned about the possible causes of humpback whale deaths.
As unusual as it sounds, previous reports have suggested that increased interaction between marine organisms and humans is causing such deaths, which are most likely the result of entanglement or ship strikes.
Dead humpback whale
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The Canadian Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) She was reported to have been aware that several dogs had become severely ill after eating the meat of a decomposing whale carcass, a reference to the incident in the Masset Inlet area of Haida Gwaii on November 5.
And the Food and Drug Administration confirmed that eating dead whale meat can cause swallowing, a disease associated with serious symptoms such as vomiting, difficulty swallowing, and partial facial paralysis in humans.
The Canadian government department explained that this is the case because marine mammal meat can contain high levels of heavy metals and toxins that whales have acquired in the ocean.
Since October, many dead humpback whales have been found along the coast of British Columbia, including two whales that showed signs of dying from blunt force trauma.
Experts said a resurgence in humpback whale numbers and increased human activities could explain the recent death toll, according to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Humpback whale researcher Jackie Heldering of the Society for Marine Education and Research stated that people need to understand that humpback whales behave differently from other whales, including distinct behaviors such as sleep and locomotion patterns.
DFO stated that it would take a few months for the results of the autopsy to determine the primary cause of death of the humpback whale.
Although there are early signs that the animal died as a result of a ship raid or ship strike, it has also been cited CTV News Vancouver Island.
The mentioned phenomenon is related to the collision of whales and other marine animals with a large man-made ship.
in the United States , NOAA Fisheries High humpback whale mortality rates were recorded from 2016 to 2022 along the Atlantic coast, especially from Maine to Florida.
Examinations also revealed that some of the whales had died on evidence of a ship attack prior to slaughter.
However, the US agency clarified that the results are not consistent and need more research.
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