The act has six schedules, which give varying degrees of protection. Schedule I provides absolute protection.
Authorities thinking of preserving skeletal remains of the endangered whale
The forest official said they are still undecided whether to bury the carcass after its post mortem.
As there are injury marks, the mammal might have perished after being hit by either ship or trawl propellers.
After necessary legal formalities like post mortem examination are over, they would seek suggestion from department high-ups regarding preservation of the skeletal remains of the whale, informed Patra.
The mammal had scars and evidence of entanglements
Many curious villagers including fishermen thronged the estuary site to witness the giant whale.
The whale is in a decomposed state and had scars and evidence of entanglements.
Entanglements are common with this particular type of species because of their feeding-habits, according to Forest officials.