Ostia: sperm whale puppy dies, the carcass arrives at the beach. WWF: “It’s emergency”
Beached on the sea of Ostia Levante, the one in front of Rome, with a wound on the upper part of the body: with this sperm whale cub there are eight cases of stretches of cetaceans on the national coasts since last March, when a pregnant young woman was found in Cala Romantic in Costa Smeralda with 22 kilograms of plastic in the stomach. To find the young sperm whale was Tullio Picciolini, 47, “part-time airplane pilot – he says – but above all a great lover of the seas”. It is he who in recent months (together with Giammarco Sardi) has made the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by catamaran from Dakar to Guadaloupe. “Yesterday I was at sea with my son, when he pointed out to me a strange figure in the water, not too far from the shore, but not so close to understand what it was”. A glance with the binoculars of the lifeguard and everything was sadly clearer: the carcass of a cetacean was heading towards the shore. “Within thirty minutes the small sperm whale was transported to the beach by the current – adds Picciolini – He had a wound, perhaps caused by a collision with a boat or maybe he was hit by a swordfish”. Then Coast Guard intervened and the Oceano Mare Delphis association, which dealt with the body now become pink and in an advanced state of decomposition.
Now associations and institutions raise an alarm: “Every sperm whale that dies in this way, especially if it is such a young individual, is a loss for all the wealth of the Mediterranean – they say from the WWF – Sperm whales with their incredible size and long Reproduction times are an extraordinary value of our sea that we must look after in every way, even asking for possible moratoriums on oil exploration and the implementation of urgent conservation actions that mitigate the impact of nautical traffic “. The WWF “calls for a thorough investigation into these deaths and direct actions to implement effective conservation measures: we are in an emergency, the cetaceans are threatened by collisions with ships, noise pollution, the invasion of plastic, the spread of diseases “.