[MARMAM] Grey whale in Israel!

scheinin scheinin at 013.net
Sat May 8 12:16:49 PDT 2010


Earlier today, 09:00 AM, IMMRAC team was alerted to a presence of a whale, a
mile and a half off Herzliya Marina. Upon arrival, the ca 13 m long whale
was spotted and followed for two hours, southward along the coast. The whale
made a continuous series of short (3-5 minute) dives occasionally displaying
its flukes. Size, coloration and a distinct dorsal hump with successive
small tubercles along the dorsal aspect of the tail stock pointed to it
being a sperm whale and excitement was high, it being the first occasion
when this species was sighted by IMMRAC staff. Some features being "wrong"
with the head and the blow-hole were dismissed and the first report to the
Media upon return to shore was of a sperm whale.

 

Closer inspection of the photographs back home showed quite a lot of head in
front of an elevated blowhole, flukes unlike those of a sperm whale,
unwrinkled  and white-patched skin, all leading to the incredible but
inescapable conclusion that it was indeed a grey whale!

It was last spotted off Jaffa, still in a southward direction.

 

Comments and suggestions of how it got here and what are his chances of
surviving would be more than welcome.

 

Aviad Scheinin  Dan Kerem

 

Contact e-mail: scheinin at 013.net.il

 

 

A few pictures are attached

 

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Photographs: Dr. Aviad Scheinin

__________________________________________________________________
Aviad Scheinin, Ph.D
 <mailto:scheinin at research.haifa.ac.il> scheinin at 013.net.il

 <http://immrac.haifa.ac.il/> http://immrac.haifa.ac.il/

Chairman, IMMRAC - Israel Marine Mammal Research & Assistance center

ECS council member

Home address: Tirat Shalom, P.B. 1356, Nes-Ziona 74052, Israel
Tel 972-8-9406584 Mobile 052-3571193 
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