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Published: Thursday January 16, 2014 MYT 11:46:00 PM
Updated: Thursday January 16, 2014 MYT 11:47:32 PM

Whale stranded in Bintulu

BINTULU: A whale, which was still alive, was found stranded on the Kuala Tatau beach early Wednesday morning by a family who were out walking on the beach.

Rosmiros Mesral, 50, said she and her family members found the whale stranded motionless on the beach.

 "Initially, I did not expect this large object on the beach to be a whale. I moved closer and realised it was indeed a whale. I immediately called my husband and children," she said when contacted Thursday.

The mother of three said the whale started to move after her son poured water on its head.

 "The whale started to move and my family and I were shocked to see tears flowing from its eyes.

 "Sympathising with its condition, we started pushing the whale towards the sea. It was difficult but we succeeded in pushing it back into the sea by 11 am," she said.

Rosmiros regarded the incident as strange because there had never been such an incident on the Kuala Tatau beach in the past.

 "I was born in Bintulu. This is the first time this strange incident took place. It could be due to the weather and the condition of the sea which caused it to be stranded," he said.

News on the finding of the whale was disseminated widely on the social media since yesterday leading rise to various speculation among the local populace.

Among others, the fear of a recurrence of tsunami and there were others who connected the incident to monsoon season. - Bernama



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