Indonesia: Sperm whale found stranded in East Aceh

The Jakarta Post 19 Jun 18;

A sperm whale was found stranded on Kuala Baroh Bugeng Beach in Nurussalam district, East Aceh regency, on Sunday.

"We estimated the weight [of the whale] to be about 10 tons. It is in a decaying condition," a resident said as quoted by

The huge mammal drew the attention of nearby residents who, according to Antara news agency, harvested oil from its body on Monday.

Ten beached sperm whales were found by residents of Aceh late last year in Ujong Kareung, Mesjid Raya district, Aceh Besar regency.

Four of the whales later died and were buried, while the other six were returned to the water by about 50 rescuers. (evi)