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.

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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.

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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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