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23 May 2012

Excitement over North Atlantic right whale sighting off Cornwall

An appeal has been made for people to keep an eye out for a rare North Atlantic right whale by excited marine scientists, after the mammal was believed to have been spotted off the Cornish coast.

Regarded as ‘one of the most endangered species in the world’, researchers believe descriptions of the whale, which was spotted off the Lizard by a group of anglers, come close to matching that of the rare creature.

Director of Sea Watch, Dr Peter Evans, said: ‘We cannot be certain, but from the descriptions of a large whale, with barnacles towards the front, no dorsal fin, and a wide tail, it does sound like a North Atlantic right whale.’ He also said the potential sightings were ‘exciting and intriguing’.

Reaching up to lengths of 55ft long and weighing up to 70 tonnes, Sea Watch are urging any of those who may have seen the whale to contact them with descriptions and photos.

Why not see if you can spot the beast this summer whilst enjoying a break in a fine Cornwall caravan park?

Image credit: Courtesy of Wikipedia 

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