Dead whale found on Nigerian beach

Dead whale found in Akwa Ibom seashore
Dead whale found in Akwa Ibom seashore

The carcass of a whale has been found on a beach in Akwa Ibom State, south south of Nigeria, off the Atlantic Ocean.

Villagers in Okpo Ita, Ibeno local government area of the state, said they saw the dead whale in the morning of September 15, according to Edem Eniang, a biodiversity conservationist from the University of Uyo.

Some of the villagers had started cutting off the body parts for meat before Mr. Eniang and his team of researchers, and the local authorities got to the scene, several days after it was found.

Mr. Eniang said the carcass is about 16 metres in length.

“I observed that something close to four metres was missing,” Mr. Eniang told PREMIUM TIMES, Wednesday. “That is a part of what was cut off by the villagers.”

Dead whale found in Akwa Ibom seashore
Dead whale found in Akwa Ibom seashore

A handful of tourists have been attracted to the scene since the news broke out.

Mr. Eniang explained the significance of whales in Nigeria waters.

“There’s an international accord known as Convention on Migratory Species in which Nigeria is a signatory. The essence of the convention is that every signatory country must go out of its ways to provide safe passage to all grazing animals passing through their territory, not to allow them get into harm, not to be killed or exploited. So, by being a signatory to that convention, we have to account for whales and other similar species that pass through our territory.

“Whales are national heritage. In Nigeria, the living whales are our national heritage. The carcasses are our heritage as well.

Dead whale found in Akwa Ibom seashore
Dead whale found in Akwa Ibom seashore

“Conservation International (CI) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recognise this region – the Akwa Ibom shoreline, all the way to Gabon, Central Africa and to Ghana– as the gulf of Guinea biodiversity hotspot.

“Now, it serves as their breeding ground. So, when they travel from the North Pole to South Pole, they hang around this our area to conduct their sexual activities from courtship play, dance, and so on, which is what we normally see in videos when they jump out of water, dive back and play. It is in this area they have their reproductive activities and raise their young ones before they are able to swim back to the North Pole.”

Mr. Eniang, who has spent about three days so far in the local community, is persuading the local authorities and the state government to preserve the carcass as a national heritage.

“In our own local environment, when something dies the people don’t know that it still has value. The carcass lying there is a very serious national monument; the skeleton must be collected, curated, and mounted for recreational, scientific and research use,” he said.


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  • Rommel

    Never knew that Akwa Ibom has such beautiful shorelines

    • George

      Animal like your backward tribe never know others exists.

      • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

        Lool…he visits Nigeria every 10years…

        • emmanuel

          Rommel is from the backward arid desert Nigeria. Where women are stolen as sex slaves. That is why all they work for is to have seventy virgins for sex when they die.
          Na Asewo go pepper dem when they get to hell.

          • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

            You’re wrong, Rommel is Igbo

    • thusspokez

      Priceless confession and a ‘road-to-Damascus’ moment for you. You finally acknowledge your ignorance — something many of us have been trying to tell you on this website.

    • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

      Ibeno beach in my opinion is the best beach in Nigeria…next time you visit Nigeria take your wife or girlfriend there..you’ll love the serenity, it will help you start thinking like a man.

      • FreeNigeria

        Where is Ibeno beach? i am interested in visiting it. thx

        • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

          Akwa Ibom…

          • FreeNigeria

            Thx

        • Datti

          Want to be kidnapped?

          • emmanuel

            You head na air full am. breeze, nothing good.
            For Katsina, Kano, Sokoto and the rest of your place, little Girls are kidnapped taken to Emirs palace where they organise the girls to be converted to Islam by force and married out to the kidnapper and the Emir, who doubles as the religious leader collects the bride price.
            Una be animals!
            No wise person should co-habit with you and that is why secession is the ideal.

          • Mufu Ola

            The question should honestly be answered.Wanna get kidnapped?

    • Peter_Edo

      I am sure that you are not the only one… Nigeria is gifted!

      • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

        You need to move around bro…there are many nice places the government don’t want you to see especially in the East…Nigerians are fixated on Lagos but trust me when it comes to tourism, Ibeno beats other coastal areas in Nigeria

        • Peter_Edo

          went to Tinapa and had a blast… last time i was in Akwa ibom, they had a useless governor (2007). it was unbearable just being on the road.

        • Rommel

          You can bet on it,I would and thanks for the info,this is why we are against militancy so that such facilities could be developed

        • Mufu Ola

          Clean but what about kidnapping?

          • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

            There is kidnapping everywhere…I thought Lagos is in the news every week because of kidnapping….Please stop the misconceptions about eastern regions.

          • Mufu Ola

            Who does the kidnappings in Lagos?

          • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

            Yoruba kidnappers

    • amazing2012

      …and the way you are making comment on issues not knowing you lived in remote place.

  • dami

    Seems we need to find out why whales wash up dead on our shores…this would be the fourth one in recent memory

  • Truthometer

    I mean the researchers are right.

  • omo56

    abu bu tam eja mayor was the song when this took place on bar beach at Victoria Island in Lagos in the fifties

    • Mufu Ola

      I don’t know of 50s but it happened a few years back. I think about 7 yrs ago at bar beach with some idiots cutting the dead whale for cooking.

  • Artful ºDodger

    Nigeria politicians are too busy shielding corrupt judges from arrest and prosecution to have the common sense at curation of a dead whale.

    • Kñîghtš Tëmpłær

      Idiok agwo…