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FIRST OBSERVATION OF A DWARF SPERM WHALE IN BELGIUM

31/01/2017


First Observation of a Dwarf Sperm Whale in Belgium

Top left 1: a Dwarf Sperm Whale (not the animal of 22 January 2017), bottom left 2: Harbour Porpoise. Right 3 + 4: images of the animal of 22 January 2017 (photo 1. Hannah Jones; photo 2. Peter Evans; photos 3 + 4. Bart Van Gelder, An Ceulemans, Bram Conings, Jean-Paul Théâtre)

On Sunday the 22nd of January 2017 there was a special observation at sea: a very rare marine mammal, a dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima) has been spotted near Ostend! 

Update 21 March 2017: it became clear it was a common porpoise. We will have to wait a bit longer until we spot our first dwarf sperm whale here.
 
That Sunday the association North Sea Pelagics vzw organised a trip at sea in the Belgian part of the North Sea for observing marine mammals and seabirds. The weather conditions were perfect: sunny and no wind, and many porpoises, our most common cetacean, were observed (about 90). At about 14:30h a cetacean was observed near the Kwintebank. There was immediate doubt as to whether this was a harbour porpoise. The animal seemed bigger than the porpoises observed before, and the shape of the animal and behaviour were different. After the trip, the photos were thoroughly examined by Belgian and foreign specialists.

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