More than 80 melon-headed whales washed ashore off Axim-Bevair Beach in the Eastern Municipality of Nzema.
Most of the mammals washed ashore were dead, and some were found alive. Local residents hastened to take advantage of the situation and collect whales for food.
Melon-headed whales have a sturdy dolphin-like body, a tapering conical head (a triangular head when viewed from above) without a noticeable beak, and a relatively tall sickle-shaped dorsal fin located closer to the middle back.
Melon-headed whales are widespread in deep tropical / subtropical waters around the world, however they are rarely found in the sea. They are found offshore mainly around oceanic islands such as Hawaii, French Polynesia, and the Philippines.