This 11 November 2015 video shows a fin whale calf swimming off the coast of Barcelona.
From The Local in Spain:
Amazing footage of lost whale calf swimming off Barcelona beach
Published: 12 Nov 2015 10:20 GMT+01:00
People taking a stroll along Barcelona’s beach were in for a surprise on Tuesday, when they spotted a whale just off the shore.
The finback whale, which measured around 10 metres (33 feet) long, was spotted on Tuesday between the beaches of Sant Miquel and Sant Sebastià.
“It was a very emotional moment,” Miquel Roigé, a surfer who spent around an hour paddling close to the whale on his board, told La Vanguardia.
“I love marine life and I’ve seen dolphins before but never a whale,” he added.
The whale made his appearance at around 4pm on Tuesday.
It is the first time an animal of that size has reached a Catalan port, confirmed sources from Catalonia’s Marine Animal Rescue Network.
Experts from the network were deployed to the scene, where they witnessed the whale swimming in the port, close to the tourist cruise ship terminal.
The animal had spent the night close to a freight terminal in the port. Towards midday, they had managed to coax the whale towards the southern exit of the port, where he swam away past the beach.
Surfer Miquel Roigé, who runs the paddle centre Moloka’i SUP, admitted the experience “great” but also “sad, because the calf was completely alone, outside its habitat”.
Experts were monitoring the whale on Wednesday to check if it was ill, or just disorientated.