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Current location of fin whale unknown: Egypt environment ministry

The whale was last seen on Friday in the North Coast's Marabella

Ahram Online , Monday 11 Jul 2016
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Egypt's environment minister and the ministry's monitoring team went to Marina where a fin whale was spotted last week. (Photo Courtesy of the environment ministry)
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The current location of the fin whale spotted off of Egypt's North Coast is currently unknown after it was last seen on Friday at 9am at the Marabella compound, according to an environment ministry statement issued Sunday.

It was seen at 800 meters from the shore, in a deep area connected to open sea.

"Since then, [the monitoring team] neither spotted it nor received any reports about it from citizens," the statement read.

The ministry also denied that the whale was hunted and said videos shared on social media of a dead whale are old incidents, including one from May in which a sperm whale washed ashore in Marsa Matrouh.

"The environment ministry assures that it does not aim at hunting the whale, as it violates international agreements," the statement read. "The team aims at helping the whale towards open sea."

Fin whales are an endangered species that is usually harmless to humans if unprovoked, according to an earlier environment ministry statement.

Environment minister Khaled Fahmy went to Maraqya and Marina in the North Coast where the fin whale was spotted last Tuesday and Wednesday, but found no sign of the whale.

The ministry's monitoring team will remain in the North Coast to dive near the whale, if spotted again, in order to check on its health status and make sure it is neither injured nor ill.

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