At the end of May, researchers from SUBMON confirmed a sighting of a grey whale (Eschrichtius robustus) close to Barcelona harbour. Analysis of photographs confirmed suspicion that this is the same whale that was sighted in waters of Israel in the beginning of May. The grey whale (which we already wrote about in one of previous blog posts) thus traveled from Israel to Spain in 23 days.
The second surprise was an encounter of a fisherman with three “weird” dolphins, 4 nautical miles from the city of Catollica (Italy). It turned out it was pilot whales (Globicephala melas). This is the second sighting of this species in the Adriatic. Normally, pilot whales can only be found in western Mediterranean. Photos of pilot whales (not the ones seen in Adriatic) can be seen in Morigenos Photogallery.
Photo: Tilen Genov / Morigenos