Jakarta, IO – Surabaya residents were recently shocked by the discovery of the carcass of a baleen whale weighing 10 tons in the mangrove forest near Tembak Batu, Sukolilo.
East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said the skeleton of the whale would be reconstructed and preserved for educational tourism at the Jatim Park II Wildlife Museum in Batu City.
“Because almost 85 percent of Indonesia’s territory is ocean, maritime education is very important,” said Khofifah.
Khofifah explained that the process will involve burying the carcass for at least one and a half years before it can be reconstructed by the Center for Coastal and Marine Resources Management (BPSPL).
Khofifah said that the waters of East Java often become the migratory path for various types of whales that live in Australian waters when they swim to India.
The East Java Provincial Government will involve a team from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Airlangga University (Unair) to conduct autopsy as well as study the migration pattern of the whales.
“The autopsy results will reveal how it was stranded and died in East Java,” said Khofifah.
The research team estimated that the 12-meter-long female whale had died for about two or three days before being found on Sunday (14/5). There was no sign of attack found on the body.
The carcass will be pulled using three fishing boats from the initial location to Kenjeran Park in Surabaya and then transported using crane to Jatim Park II. (un)