Spotting of humpback whales near Hurghada a rare occurrence

Sarah Raslan, Monday 19 Sep 2011

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

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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