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Spotting of humpback whales near Hurghada a rare occurrence

Experts express concern about impact on tourists and local environment in Egypt

Sarah Raslan, Monday 19 Sep 2011
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Humpback whales have been spotted in a waterway between two islands off Hurghada, a Red Sea resort, for the first time.

The sighting was reported on Al-Hayat TV on Sunday and experts expressed concern that the animals, which consume 250 kilograms of fish per day, could pose a threat to tourists and the local environment.

According to Al-Hayat TV, the Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association (HEPCA) sent out a team of divers who discovered the two whales.

The humpback whale belongs to the rorqual family, which also includes the blue whale and the fin whale.

Humpback whales have previously been sighted in Sharm El-Sheikh and Dahab. The species live in the Indian Ocean and only enter the Red Sea when migrating.

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PeterB
19-09-2011 06:17pm
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Experts?
Can anyone please tell me how humpback whales could possibly "pose a threat to tourists and the local environment"
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patkar
19-09-2011 02:47pm
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lost whales
those two wonderful sea creature just took the wrong turn during their annual migration.Considering the size as for the videos, they are young ones and should be protected from human destructive stupidity.Concerning their diet they eat schrimps and small fish so be reassured concerning the "tourist fish" and divers ( they taste of rubber ! )
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those two wonderful sea creature just took the wrong turn during their annual migration.Considering the size as for the videos, they are young ones and should be protected from human destructive stupidity.Concerning their diet they eat schrimps and small fish so be reassured concerning the "tourist fish" and divers ( they taste of rubber ! )
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