A dead whale on the shores of Egypt raises questions about the strange phenomenon

Has appeared Whale On Wednesday evening, however, the high waves and the intensity and strength of the winds prevented him from seeing him at night before finding him on Thursday morning.

The Director of the Biosafety Department at the Ministry of Environment, Louai Al-Sayed, confirmed to Sky News Arabia that the whale that was discovered near the entrance to the Rasheed branch on the Mediterranean coast is 12.6 meters long and it is a female type of whale. The fin whale Weighing between 8 and 10 tons, it does not appear to have been a shipwreck tunnel as there are no traces of accident.

It is the third case that occurs in the same month for the same species, it was preceded by a case of delinquency in a fin whale Italy As well as another case of a fin whale mentioned in North Sinai This makes it necessary to monitor and study this phenomenon.

Causes of the phenomenon

As for the causes of the phenomenon, Louay Al-Sayed explains that the weather has changed three days ago in the area extending from the Black Sea to The Mediterranean Sea, With the waves rising to seven meters, and the wind speed reaching 30 knots, it may have contributed to the movement of the whale towards the shore, adding that the wind and waves are not the cause of delinquency, but rather a catalyst for a delinquent whale affected by one of the other main factors.

He adds: “There is no danger to people despite the discovery of the whale in an area close to villages, and whales in general do not attack humans, as they are very peaceful and treat dolphins as there are no aggressive whales in the world.” This is how Dr. Luay reassures people about this phenomenon.

The phenomenon needs a deeper study

Louay Al-Sayed explains that “a phenomenon Stranding of whales It needs to be highlighted because fin whales have been recently discovered several times, and they live in the depths and it is not usual to see them near the shore in this way, and the weather may be a contributing factor, but it is not the main factor, especially since this phenomenon has become frequent in the eastern Mediterranean like Egypt or Libya As stranding more than once near the beach in this region in this way needs further study. ”

He confirms that in the southeastern Mediterranean region, whale stranding has not been accustomed to it, as is the case in the north and northwestern Mediterranean, which may indicate the presence of new factors, such as lack of nutrition or others, especially since the eastern Mediterranean is somewhat poor in fish stocks compared to its north and west.

He adds that “11 species of whales have been recorded in the Mediterranean, 9 of which are in Egypt. This phenomenon has attracted attention since the appearance of the same species” fin whale “in Marina in 2016, and then it was repeated with the stranding of the sperm whale in Matrouh district.

It is noteworthy that another fin whale stranded near Al-Arish in North Sinai, then this fin whale appeared near The city of Rashid And 10 days ago, another fin whale appeared in Italy.

And the appearance of whales near the shores and at close times and close distances raises the question about the causes of the phenomenon, as the distance between the two regions in which the whale appeared in Egypt is about 170 nautical miles, which is not a great distance, and the time separating the appearance of the two whales is not great, and the distance between the two whales’s presence is also far from the whale that appeared In Italy it is 900 miles.

The issue requires studying this phenomenon and explaining it. Is food, pollution, or climate change standing behind this, especially for weak whales?

Luay continues by saying that the natural state of delinquency incidents was occurring at separate intervals in this region, that is, the shores of the southeastern Mediterranean, such as the registration of a case of delinquency in 1995 and the subsequent case was recorded in 2016, that is, more than 20 years later.

He pointed out that with regard to the dead whale discovered on Thursday, its measurements were raised, samples were collected from it, the whale was being examined and the necessary measures were taken regarding it, and a statement was issued by the ministry regarding it soon, and some scratches appeared on the whale, but it had no traces of collisions with ships, pointing out that these The scratches are natural caused by the whale’s contact with water, or some creatures intruding on it.

He adds that whales swim together in groups of 3 to 7 whales, including those at a young age, and it may happen that one of the youngsters stray from the road away from others, or wandering behind food, which may lead to his arrival to the beach by mistake, which is what It may cause him to die.

Whales commit suicide

The stranding of whales or their suicide is a phenomenon that occurs when the whale throws itself on the beach, and the suicide whales die due to drought, as their bodies collapse due to their weight, or they drown when the tide waters cover their breathing holes.

Every year, more than 2000 animals are thrown onto the beach themselves, and although most of them die, this does not pose any danger to whales, because only about 10 species of common whales commit mass suicide, and there are 10 other species that rarely commit collective suicide.

Phenomenon treatment

The Mediterranean Sea includes many types of whales, specifically 11 species, some of which are permanently resident in its waters, and another in which they swim as a transit point for the high seas, and there are several ways in which they can contribute to the preservation of these species, most notably: Boycotting seafood that is caught by nets Gills to which fish are attached by gills, as well as tightening the penalty for poaching.

It is noteworthy that the aforementioned whale is one of the registered whales residing in the Egyptian waters, and the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, which are classified internationally, are in danger of extinction according to the database of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, and they are peaceful and feed on unseen marine plankton by trapping plankton through the mouth.
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