The teeth of a whale have been removed from a beach in the Pacific Ocean for the first time in a decade.
Key points:The whale’s jaw was removed on MondayThe whale had been recovering in a sea cage on the coast of BaliA whale in the pod was taken to hospital with “a fractured jaw” and several teeth were missingA whale that washed up on a beach near Bali has been given the best of care from a team of experts, including a dentist, the BBC reports.
The blue whale was spotted on Monday near the town of Pangnirtung and is expected to be removed by Monday afternoon.
It was believed the whale had eaten a small amount of its pod and was in good health.
“The whale has recovered in a harbour on the west coast of Indonesia and is being treated by the same team that brought her in from Bali,” said Capt Tim Loeffler, of the Pacific Whale Rescue Project.
“She has a fractured jaw, she has some teeth missing and she has been in a stable condition for a long time.”
Dr Paul Ngo, a veterinarian from the University of Sydney, said the whale’s jaws had been carefully repaired and that the tooth that fell out was not from a natural accident.
“It’s an incredibly lucky accident,” Dr Ngo said.
“They are able to keep the whale in a safe and stable state.”
This is a very fortunate event, a very good news for the whale.
“Mr Loeffe said the marine mammal had been in good spirits and had even taken her family out for a walk.”
I’m sure she will recover from her injuries,” he said.
The team, which includes a dentist and veterinarians, also has to ensure the whale was not injured.”
We are also in a position to monitor her health and ensure she does not get sick again,” Mr Loeffer said.
Topics:animal-welfare,animal-science,science-and-technology,science,arctic-reef-collapse-2017,southeast-asia,brisbane-4000,bali,japan,indonesiaFirst posted November 07, 2018 15:56:34Contact Nick Lees