Friday, November 18, 2011

Albion: A tug to pull the dead whale out to sea

Albion: A tug to pull the dead whale out to sea

The Mauritian authorities have finally decided to use a tug of the Mauritius Ports Authority to take the whale carcass rotting out to sea. The operation lasted until late last night and resumed at 6:30 this morning.
It's not for lack of trying. Despite large resources used on the night of Thursday, November 17, the notable presence of a tug of the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA), the Coast Guard failed to take the carcass of a whale trapped in rocks in Albion.
The operation began early in the day and the tug is on scene until about 21 hours. This after a decision of an interdepartmental committee met to decide the fate of the dead whale drifting in the lagoon to the village to the west of Mauritius since Monday, November 14.
However, because of the darkness and the presence of sharks, the operation was stopped at 22 hours. So to 6:30 this Friday, November 18 it takes.
The primary objective of the authorities is to take the carcass, wrapped in nets, 10 nautical miles from shore.Especially to avoid the presence of other sharks attracted by the rotting flesh, which had prompted authorities to issue an alert to the sharks on Tuesday.
These are fishermen who raised the alarm Monday, having spotted the carcass about two kilometers from the beach.Although the Mauritius Marine Conservation Society (MMCS) and the Ministry of Agro Industry and the Office of the Prime Minister had been warned, no directive was sent to the National Coast Guard (NCG), although it has a team in this locality.
The fear was that the mammal fails on the beach. In the afternoon, it was already in front of Club Med. It was not until late the next day that the alert was given to sharks, swimmers were asked to leave the lagoon and the hotel to suspend its water activities.

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