A Gray Whale Goes Really Off Course

Gray whales usually live along the eastern and western edges of the northern Pacific. Except for the lone individual who somehow turned up on Israel’s Mediterranean coast. As reported by AFP:

The appearance of a grey whale off the coast of Israel has stunned scientists, in what was thought to be the first time the giant mammal has been seen outside the Pacific in several hundred years.

The whale, which was first sighted off Herzliya in central Israel on Saturday, is believed to have travelled thousands of miles from the north Pacific after losing its way in search of food.

“It’s an unbelievable event which has been described as one of the most important whale sightings ever,” said Dr Aviad Scheinin, chairman of the Israel Marine Mammal Research and Assistance Center which identified the creature.

To give you a sense of how far off course this whale is, consider the following map of the gray whale’s normal range (in blue) courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

I added the red dot for Israel’s new immigrant.

The red dot is a long way from home.

6 thoughts on “A Gray Whale Goes Really Off Course”

  1. Showing up off the coast of Israel, eh? Obviously a divine message. Like Mary showing up on a piece of toast. Hmm, how much did Toast Mary go for on Ebay again? Novelty edible deities are always a hot item.

    Alternatively, could be just a male whale who refused to stop and ask for directions, and who still thinks he’s taking a short cut.

  2. Perhaps he heard about the oil spill in the Gulf and thought it would be a good time to get out of Dodge.

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