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For the first time in the Red Sea, spotting an endangered blue whale

31-05-2018
Port Ghalib News

The Ministry of Environment announced on Thursday 31st of May 2018, the monitoring of the emergence of a "Blue Whale" in the Gulf of Aqaba region, considering it a unique environmental phenomenon.

Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of the Environment, in an official statement, directed the field monitoring teams in the Red Sea and South Sinai reserves, to follow up the surveillance of the whale, to follow up the whale, photograph it and track its movement in the sea. The statement said that this type of whale is not predatory and does not pose a danger to humans, but "prefer to move away from a large distance."

The statement said that the presence of this type of whale in the Red Sea "unique rare phenomena," noting that the marine environment experts of the Ministry of the Environment will study the causes of the existence of mammal in this place, and analyze the results in the coming days.

The observed whale is about 24 meters long and is a subspecies known as the pygmy blue whale. Blue whales can reach 35 meters long, and the heaviest recorded weight of a blue whale was 173 tons.

The blue whale is the largest known animal to have ever existed on earth and is placed on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s red list of endangered species despite its protection under international conventions and the decriminalization of its catch. In addition to the absence of natural enemies there are only some recordings of attacks from the killer whale, but the blue whale is exposed to many threats such as collision, In addition to the impact of climate change by increasing the proportion of freshwater in the oceans and the adoption of blue whales on temperature changes during migration time for mating, where the blue whale spends winter in the warm regions to the south and spend the summer in the cold north, so it may be the appearance of the blue whale in the warm waters of the Red Sea is related to the fact that he get lost his way while trying to reach the north cold areas.

Whales are widely distributed in most oceans and seas. It is characterized by the grey color of the back and the degree of light in the abdomen, long skinny, was caught until it reached the point of near extinction, and was placed under protection in 1996, and was estimated in 2002 in numbers from 5000 to 12000 and estimates The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) estimated its numbers between 10,000 and 25,000, The natural velocity of the blue whale in the oceans is 20 km / h while increasing and up to 50 km / h when it is in the range.

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