Featured Image Credit: Marcos Schönholz
By: Sarah Sharkey
A 65-foot blue whale was spotted in the Gulf of Eilat for the first time ever according to marine scientists in Israel. The blue whale was identified as a pygmy blue whale and teams have been monitoring its movement since it was sighted early last week.
It is not uncommon for these huge whales to be traveling alone. It is assumed that the whale is just foraging for food. However, it is rather unusual that the whale was spotted in the Gulf of Eilat and later in the Red Sea. The typical pattern for a blue whale is to spend their summers feeding in the nutrient-rich waters of the polar regions, not the relatively warm Indian Ocean.
Blue whales are known to expand their range occasionally for a variety of reasons include climate change, availability of food and others.
Over the past few years, more species of whales have been spotted in the Red Sea area. This is the first blue whale spotting though. It will be interesting to see how many other types of whales will continue to show up in odd places. The pattern of odd movements might be attributed to warming waters, ocean acidification, trash debris or human-induced movement.
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