A 400 kg short-finned pilot whale died on the beach at Kep on Feb 12 after being
caught in a gill-net. Ing Try, Marine fisheries biologist of Fisheries Department
suspected that the whale was suffering from disease or was injured before it was
caught. Try said that the whale resisted all attempts to return it to the sea and
kept returning to the shore to beach itself. It is the first time the species has
been discovered in Cambodian coastal waters. The whale will be stuffed and mounted
at the Ministry of Fisheries.