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For the first time: A giant whale appeared in the Aegean Sea

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Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny - Reporter at The European Times News

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A giant whale, normally found in the oceans, was spotted for the first time off the beaches of Kusadasi and the Greek islands of Chios and Samos in the Aegean Sea during the week.

The huge sea animal stunned those who saw it.

Scientists from the Hellenic Institute for the Protection of the Marine Environment, exploring the area off the coast of the resort of Kusadasi and the island of Samos and Chios in the Aegean Sea, filmed a giant whale, known as a large sperm whale (Physeter Macrocephalus), 18 meters long and weighing up to 57 tons.

The statement made by the institute stated that the number of whales living at a depth of about 1,100 meters in the Mediterranean Sea is only about 2,500 and that they are endangered. Protected whales should not be approached when sighted.

The sperm whale is a very amazing animal both among other inhabitants of the planet and among whales. This beast has qualities you won’t find anywhere else: absolute diving records; an unusual menu consisting of giant squid; a special fat pad (spermaceti) that only they have, as well as the fame of swallowing people whole without chewing. Although the latter claim is debatable.

Also, the sperm whale is the largest toothed whale. Males are much larger than females. Their length can reach 18-20 meters, while females grow no more than 13 meters.

These giants prefer to stay where the depth is more than 200 meters, therefore they very rarely come close to the shores.

The name “sperm whale” comes from the Portuguese cahalot, meaning “big head”. Indeed, the head of this animal is simply huge. It occupies about a third of the length of the entire body.

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