Whale of a tale: Surfer spots huge visitor near Tel Aviv beach

The 10-meter-long whale was first spotted around 9:00 AM off of Tel Aviv's Gordon Beach before swimming northward toward Haifa.

July 18, 2016 12:48
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Surfer spots whale near Tel Aviv beach. (photo credit: SHIMSHON PREMINGER/ISRAEL MARINE MAMMAL RESEARCH & ASSISTANCE CENTER)


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A whale has joined the ranks of Israel's most noted visitors this summer, after it was spotted swimming along the nation's Medditerenean coast.

According to the Israel Marine Mammal Research & Assistance Center, the 10-meter-long whale was first spotted around 9:00 AM off of Tel Aviv's Gordon Beach. The whale swam northward and around 9:45 AM swam by a surfing tourist at the city's Hilton Beach, about 150 meters off the coast.

At the nearby Mezizim Beach, divers managed to swim out to the whale and even pet him for several minutes, noting that he looked thin.

The whale was last spotted around 2:00 PM on Sunday, about 150 meters away from Dado Beach in Haifa.

IMMRAC requested for members of the public who spot the whale to contact the organization via their Facebook page.

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