Humpback whale seen off Dutch coast

5th December 2008, Comments 0 comments

The young whale is between eight and ten metres in length, and in good condition.

THE NETHERLANDS – The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research reports that a humpback whale has been sighted off the north Dutch coast. It is unusual for humpbacks to venture out of the Atlantic and into the confines of the North Sea.
 
In May and September last year a humpback was sighted between the Dutch mainland and Texel, one of the Frisian Islands. Unlike last year’s sighting, the present whale is young, between eight and ten metres in length, and in good condition.
 
There have been six sightings of humpbacks near the Netherlands since 2003. It is thought the whales are leaving their normal habitat in search of food.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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