The 69-foot long body of a blue whale washed up on the Sea view beach in Karachi on Wednesday.
No preliminary post-mortem examination was carried out to determine the cause of it’s death. Hence, if there was a hazardous environmental factor that contributed to the whale’s death, and may as well be threatening other marine life, it remains uninvestigated.
What’s even more harrowing about the tragedy is that the Cantonment Board Clifton let the corpse go to waste by not preserving its skeleton for educational and research purposes.
Instead, the only viable solution was to chop of the whale’s decomposing body and dump it in open plots in Phase VIII of the Defence Housing Authority.
The Sindh Wildlife Department washed its hands clean of the mess by providing no guidelines. Because the skeleton was not complete, the department did not think it was necessary to preserve or study it. If the whole world went by this mentality – there would probably be million of fossils discarded today instead of being displayed in various museums around the world!
One wonders why we’ve even bothered to keep appearances by having wildlife departments – perhaps they have bigger fish to fry?
Dawn.com invites its readers to give their view and suggestions on how we can make an effort to preserve, protect and study the wildlife and marine animals our land and oceans are full of.