Fin whale believed to be around 7 or 8 years old, washed to the Mediterranean through Gibraltar Strait
A dead fin whale was found on Sunday on the shores of Egypt’s Alexandria overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, according to state media outlets.
The 12-metre-long female whale was reported to have been found dead on the shore of Azur hotel, in eastern Alexandria. Civil Protection Forces and Marine Rescue Unit lifted the black and white whale that weighed around four tonnes.
Scientists believe that the whale had his home in the Atlantic Ocean but ended up in the Mediterranean due to a sea storm.
The fin whale is believed to be around seven or eight years old and is believed to have been washed to the Mediterranean through Gibraltar Strait.
Security forces lifted the dead whale and delivered it to National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (NIOF).
Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy stated in a phone call with a satellite channel that the whale did not show any signs of injuries that indicate any attempt to hunt it, explaining that most likely a sea storm forced the whale into shallow water, while it could not find its way back into deeper water.