Iceland to Lebanon: a record-breaking orca swim

Iceland to Lebanon: a record-breaking orca swim
At least one of the four “Icelandic” orca whales seen off Genoa in Italy last December has now arrived off the coast of Lebanon, after a swim of more than 8,000 kilometres.

It is the longest orca migration ever documented.

The orca (or killer whale) was last spotted off the Icelandic coast in 2017 and was seen close to Beirut two days ago.

The animal’s 8,000-kilometre journey is the longest orca migration ever recorded; breaking the previous confirmed record by 2,500 kilometres. 

Marie Mrusczok is the brain behind Orca Guardians Iceland.

She identifies animals based on the unique shape of their dorsal fins. Photographs have been used by experts in Iceland and Lebanon to confirm the identity of the whale. 

“Orca whales have actually never been seen before off Lebanon. Seamen claimed to have seen them in the 1980s, but that was never confirmed. So it is unusual. It was also odd that they were seen off Italy. Orca whales don’t usually swim so far into the Mediterranean,” says Marie. 

She says the whales have been favouring the northern shore, almost as though they are trying to find a way north again. 

When the whale was seen with its pod off Italy in December, it was assessed to be in fairly poor health. Marie says the other whales have likely died. A young female found dead on the shore in Lebanon is believed to be from the same pod. 

The whale spotted alive near Beirut is said to have visibly reduced neck blubber, which suggests a lack of food. 

“We know that orcas feed on herring and they were seen eating it off West Iceland. So it is probably hard for them to find food in the Mediterranean,” Marie says.

Source: ruv.is

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