The locals who spotted the whale lying in an injured condition informed the Raigad collector office and the fisheries officials. The district authorities, revenue and fisheries officials brought in JCB machines yesterday morning and tried to push the whale into the waters, but all efforts proved futile, Deputy Collector, Alibaug region, Deepak Kshirsagar said.
The huge weight of the whale and marshy beach posed a hindrance in the efforts to push the mammal into the sea. The whale died yesterday at the sea shore. Later, the JCB machines were deployed to dig the ground on the beach where the carcass was buried.
There are about 20 types of whales found in the Arabian Sea. Another dead whale was washed ashore the Uran coast in Raigad about two months back. Prior to it, a dead whale was found on the shore of Diveaghar in the district two years back.