Minister Turnbull in a Government Information Service (GIS) press release on July 7, 2022, said, “Due to the scope of works that were recently conducted in the eastern end of Anegada, for the safety of residents and visitors alike, I urge everyone to refrain from the site until Tuesday, 12th July.”
He added, “I have had discussions with experts that assisted the ministry in removing the carcasses, and we agreed that this precautionary measure is needed to ensure the safety of everyone. Further announcements will be made regarding the reopening of the area. I would like to thank the people of the Virgin Islands for their patience and understanding in this matter.”
Over 50 Shortfin pilot whales died on the island of Anegada this past weekend.
The pod of whales estimated to be some 150 was seen by observers in the area. The spatial spread of the stranding was scattered across remote pockets around the eastern end of Anegada.
Several dead whales were towed out to sea while others were buried.
Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Honourable Melvin M. Turnbull (R2) has stated that residents and visitors of the Anegada community should refrain from visiting the conch mounts due to the recent disposal of Shortfin Pilot Whale carcasses that were in the area.