Whale spotted off of Eilat coast

Species is still unknown, but it is dark skinned and roughly 6-8 meters long.

By DAVID MACHLIS
October 15, 2006 16:50
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Whale spotted off of Eilat coast

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A whale has been spotted swimming around the shore of Eilat. Red Sea Marine Biologist of the Eilat Nature Parks Authority, Dr. David Zakai, reported that several reports were received from people on the beach and in their boats when they saw water spraying a few meters up in the air. The Parks Authority is not yet sure what species it is but they do know that it is dark skinned and roughly 6-8 meters long with double breathing holes. This means that it is not a toothed whale and it feeds off zooplankton, which are organisms that inhabit the water column of oceans, seas and bodies of fresh water. Zakai believes it swam here most likely from the Red Sea or the Suez Canal. Currently, the Parks Authority and the Dolphin Reef have boats out in the water scathing the gulf for pictures. "They generally don't stay but we saw a whale about three years ago. This is a very rare and exciting occurrence and it's definitely significant for our scientific records," Zakai said. The whale did not make any sounds. The Eilat Nature Parks Authority is anxiously awaiting any sort of picture of the mammal in order to find out more about its exact species, which is currently unknown.

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