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Whale spotted in Gdańsk Bay


A 10 meter long whale was seen in Gdańsk Bay, of the Polish Baltic coast, but its condition appears to be poor as it has several injuries. Scientists are not hopeful for its survival.

Krzysztof Skóra, the head of the Marine Station in Hel, northern Poland, stressed that scientists are worried about the condition of the whale, because it has many dermatological changes and four scars at the base of the tail, which might have been caused by a motorboat propeller.

The exact species of whale is not known.

Many vessels might have hit the mammal in this part of the Bay, because it has been staying near the surface of the water for a long time.

Krzysztof Skóra said that a collision with a whale in the Bay is dangerous for it as well as for vessels, therefore he appealed for special caution to all craft in the area.

He also stressed that the Baltic Sea is not a friendly place for such exotic mammals, because it does not contain zooplankton, the main food of whales.

The head of the Marine Station also emphasized helping it will be difficult as it is very weak. The scientists have been observing the whale till dusk this morning and will try to take as many photographs as possible in order to determine its species.

The operation is supported by the Maritime Office in Gdynia, which lent a vessel to patrol the Gdańsk Bay.

Last year, a humpback whale appeared in the Gdańsk Bay for the first time in 20 years, but was later found dead off the coast of Latvia.

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a whale in the bay? couldn't've been me. we were on the north coast.

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Top 'o the morning to you, Claire.
I'm just back from a week in England. Hmm, might bore people with a post on it ...

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whoop ... whoop ... warning ... whoop ... whoop ... misplaced apostrophe ... whoop ... whoop ...


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My shortest ever post ...