[MARMAM] Humpback whale sighting in the Pelagos Sanctuary for Marine Mammals

Sylvia Frey sfrey at oceancare.org
Thu Jun 28 09:45:19 PDT 2012

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to inform you about an extraordinary sighting of a humpback 
whale in the waters off the Côte d'Azur by OceanCare. Please find below 
some details of the sighting:

- Date: June 28th, 2012
- Time: 11.45 a.m.
- Position: approx. 20 nautical miles south of Nice
- Duration of the sighting: 13 minutes
- Length of the animal: approx. 8-10 meters
- Sex: unknown
- Behaviour of the animal: the whale approached our research vessel and 
was swimming around it while our platform was just drifting (engine 
off). The animal was obviously curious and examined our boat from each 
side before heading east-south-east.

It would be very interesting to know whether this humpback whale was 
already sighted by other researchers. In order to investigate this and / 
or to share images / data please contact sfrey at oceancare.org.

Best regards,
Sylvia Frey

Sylvia Frey, PhD
Oberdorfstrasse 16
P.O. Box 372
CH-8820 Waedenswil - Switzerland
Cellphone +41-79-742 9323
sfrey at oceancare.org

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