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Humpback Whale Spotted again in the Red Sea after two years

Saturday 15/September/2018 - 09:37 PM
Sada El Balad
Hassnein Tayea
A 16-metre humpback whale was spotted off again the Red Sea town of Hurghada as it migrated north to its seasonal feeding waters after two years.

A local diver، spotted the whale during a boat trip with tourists Saturday afternoon and immediately began filming، even jumping the water at one point for a better view of the massive animal.

He said that he was afraid for the whale as sometimes humpbacks are hunted during their journey to the Hurghada coast.

"The humpback does not attack humans. Once I saw it، I jumped out of the water and I took videos and photos of it. Tourists and Egyptians who were on board my boat were so happy when it appeared،" he said.

The humpback whale is a species of baleen whale.

One of the larger rorqual species، adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh around 25–30 metric tons (28–33 short tons).

The humpback has a distinctive body shape، with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head.
It is known for breaching and other distinctive surface behaviors، making it popular with whale watchers.
Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes، which they repeat for hours at a time. Its purpose is not clear، though it may have a role in mating.

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