(ANIMAL NEWS) CANADA — People of British Colombia held a touching funeral for a young humpback whale that died after washing up on White Rock beach. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is now trying to track the owner of the fishing net that the endangered animal was tangled in. Although they believe that it was an accident, marine experts want to take all precautions to make sure whales are better protected in the future. — Global Animal
People gathered round the young whale and paid their respects by placing flowers on top of the majestic creature. Photo credit: Associated Press

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A make-shift funeral was held for a young humpback whale which died after being washed ashore in Canada.

People gathered on White Rock beach in British Columbia to pay their respects to the magnificent creature, which came into difficulty after getting caught up in fishing net.

It became grounded on the beach and was first spotted on the sandy tidal flats early on Tuesday.

Well-wishers lay roses and other flowers on top of the unfortunate animal after authorities removed the net that had plagued it for several hours before it died.

That net will be used to trace its owner, although officials say it is believed to have been a case of accidental entanglement.

The whale endured a long struggle, without food, prior to its death, Department of Fisheries and Oceans marine mammal co-ordinator Paul Cottrell told the Canadian Press.

The people of British Colombia were clearly touched by the whale's story. Photo credit: Associated Press

‘There may be other underlying issues regarding the animal’s health as well as the fishing gear,’ he said. ‘It had been towing it, it was through it’s mouth.’

 Marine experts will try to identify the whale so that they can track where it has been in the past. 

‘That’s kind of a fingerprint we have to see where the animal is from.’ Cottrell told the news agency.

‘We’ll be taking DNA samples as well as other samples and hopefully we will be able to determine the individual animal because there is a photo ID catalogue with tail fluke patterns.’

They hope to learn information about how the whale became entangled so that they can identify future threats to other whales off the British Columbia coast. 

Humpbacks are listed as threatened under Canada’s Species at Risk Act.