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Gray Whale Spotted on Wrong Side of World... (Israel)
Discovery News ^ | May 11th, 2010

Posted on 05/11/2010 10:59:04 AM PDT by TaraP

Initially, the sighting seemed an opportunity rather than an anomaly, and certainly not the highly unexpected discovery it turned out to be.

Last Saturday, researchers with the Israel Marine Mammal Research and Assistance Center (IMMRAC) took to the water to study a whale approximately a mile and a half off Herzliya Marina, just north of Tel Aviv. The whale, which was about forty feet long, was generally behaving as a whale does: swimming along the surface, making periodic short dives of between three and five minutes duration, and occasionally showing its tail flukes as it did so.

For about two hours, the researchers followed the whale as it swam slowly south along the coast; noting its size and the fact that it had a dorsal hump rather than the dorsal fin characteristic of most baleen whale species, they concluded that it was a sperm whale - exciting news indeed, as they had not before seen a sperm whale in the region.

Yet, some things weren't quite right: The blowhole of a sperm whale is close to the front of the head, but on this whale it was clearly situated further back. The dorsal region wasn't wrinkled the way it should have been, and the skin was patchy in color. It was only after returning to shore and closely examining the photographs they had taken that the researchers allowed themselves to acknowledge that what they had seen was, in fact, a gray whale.

There was only one problem.

There are no gray whales off Israel.

There are no gray whales in the Mediterranean.

There are, in fact, no gray whales in the Atlantic - have not been, for that matter, since the eighteenth century, when the species was possibly exterminated from the hemisphere by commercial whalers.

Today, gray whales exist in two populations, both in the Pacific: a critically endangered western Pacific population believed to number fewer than 200 individuals, and an eastern Pacific population of approximately 20,000. Members of the latter breed in the lagoons of Baja California; swim north along the coasts of Mexico, the United States and Canada to feed in the Arctic waters north of Alaska and northeastern Siberia; and then return south.

None of them swim within half a planet of the Holy Land.

And yet ...

"There is no doubt that this is a gray whale, and as such the sighting is little short of astonishing," said Phillip Clapham of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in an e-mail. "There are really only two explanations: that there has been a relict population in the N Atlantic that no one has noticed (virtually impossible), or (more likely) that this whale came down through the ice-free Northwest Passage and is now hopelessly lost."


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: cryptobiology; cryptozoology; jonah; whale

1 posted on 05/11/2010 10:59:04 AM PDT by TaraP
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2 posted on 05/11/2010 11:00:20 AM PDT by TaraP (He never offered our victories without fighting but he said help would always come in time)
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In other words, a summering gray whale north of Alaska, swimming eastward along the Alaska coast, may have been able to take advantage of ice-free conditions to continue swimming eastward, all the way through the Canadian Archipelago and west of Greenland, (or, perhaps more likely, westward, above Russia and Europe, via the Northeast Passage) until instinct instructed it to turn south and ultimately hang a left.

With the Northwest Passage predicted to open up with greater frequency in future years as a result of warming temperatures, says Clapham, “I doubt that this whale will be the last.”

Unfortunately, said Scheinin, there are no funds to enable the wayward whale to be tagged and followed by satellite (although a biopsy dart to gather DNA and confirm its provenance may be possible). The lengthy journey appears to have exacted a toll, and its emaciated condition suggests that the possibility of it successfully undergoing a return voyage to the Pacific is, in Scheinin’s words, “rather slim.”

For now at least, the whale is very far from home and very much alone.


3 posted on 05/11/2010 11:01:19 AM PDT by TaraP (He never offered our victories without fighting but he said help would always come in time)
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To: TaraP

Is whale Kosher?


4 posted on 05/11/2010 11:03:22 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: TaraP

Wait till it spits out a reluctant prophet on the beach.

Repent!


5 posted on 05/11/2010 11:04:07 AM PDT by arkady_renko
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To: TaraP

It’s sortof like the Democrats in the U.S. They should be swimming around in Russia, Europe, Africa, Asia...

They’re lost and need to be shown the way home.


6 posted on 05/11/2010 11:07:16 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: TaraP

Global warming!


7 posted on 05/11/2010 11:08:39 AM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: TaraP
Did it transit the Suez Canal maybe?

/s

8 posted on 05/11/2010 11:09:31 AM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: arkady_renko

Jonah 4:11 “And should not I pity Nineveh that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left?”


9 posted on 05/11/2010 11:11:57 AM PDT by Broker (Stranger in a very strange land.)
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To: arkady_renko

Post of the day.


10 posted on 05/11/2010 11:16:14 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: TaraP

“very far from home and very much alone”

Been there, done that. He will get over it.


11 posted on 05/11/2010 11:19:17 AM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: TaraP
An illegal migant?

Check the Green Card!

12 posted on 05/11/2010 11:19:47 AM PDT by Young Werther ("Quae cum ita sunt" Since these things are so!)
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To: DoughtyOne; Shermy; swarthyguy; FrPR
Can a whale make aliyah? Did someone check to see if this whale was even Jewish.

I recommend sending down 4 skin divers.

13 posted on 05/11/2010 11:24:57 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Obama. He'll bring back States' Rights. In the meantime, this ain't gonna be pretty.)
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To: arkady_renko

That was funny...


14 posted on 05/11/2010 11:32:07 AM PDT by carton253 (Ask me about Throw Away the Scabbard - a Civil War alternate history.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

They did that and used it to make a suitcase, when you rub it, it turns into a Jewish settlement on the West Bank


15 posted on 05/11/2010 11:35:07 AM PDT by vwbug
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To: TaraP

GPS for whales?....


16 posted on 05/11/2010 11:36:55 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: TaraP

17 posted on 05/11/2010 11:37:08 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: arkady_renko

Things will get really interesting iff it gives birth to a pure white calf.


18 posted on 05/11/2010 11:37:47 AM PDT by Steve_Stifler
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To: Kenny Bunk

Aliyah?

RAPTURE ALERT!

But, there used to be a few Jewish whales around the Charles river.......


19 posted on 05/11/2010 11:39:30 AM PDT by swarthyguy (KIDS! Deficit, Debt,Taxes!Pfft Lookit the bright side of our legacy -Ummrika is almost SmokFrei!)
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To: TaraP

All the more amazing that it made it into the Med through the Gibralter Strait......

Adventurous type, he could have kept going south instead of hanging a left westward.


20 posted on 05/11/2010 11:42:01 AM PDT by swarthyguy (KIDS! Deficit, Debt,Taxes!Pfft Lookit the bright side of our legacy -Ummrika is almost SmokFrei!)
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To: swarthyguy

Magnetic Pole Shifts?


21 posted on 05/11/2010 11:47:21 AM PDT by TaraP (He never offered our victories without fighting but he said help would always come in time)
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To: TaraP

It was kidnapped and forced to swim to just off Israel by the evil Zionist Israelis! Next they will kidnap the whales relatives and build internment camps for the whales - just like they have done to the Palestinians! Those evil zionist dogs! (/Pali)


22 posted on 05/11/2010 12:02:29 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: TaraP

>Magnetic Pole shifts.

We’d have heard something by now....;>


23 posted on 05/11/2010 12:11:03 PM PDT by swarthyguy (KIDS! Deficit, Debt,Taxes!Pfft Lookit the bright side of our legacy -Ummrika is almost SmokFrei!)
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To: swarthyguy

hmmm. Well if NASA won’t tell us, Spaceweather will!


24 posted on 05/11/2010 12:13:20 PM PDT by TaraP (He never offered our victories without fighting but he said help would always come in time)
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To: TaraP
>"Gray Whale Spotted on Wrong Side of World"

They've got one in D.C. too.


25 posted on 05/11/2010 12:40:48 PM PDT by scoobysnak71 (Never argue with stupid people. They drag you down to their level and win through experience.)
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To: wxgesr

tough road ...


26 posted on 05/11/2010 3:47:22 PM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (Angels and Ministers of Grace, Defend Us ....)
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.

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27 posted on 05/11/2010 6:18:13 PM PDT by SJackson (Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided, Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

Thanks TaraP.

Jonah ping. :’)

[singing] Whale meat again, don’t know how, don’t know when...


28 posted on 05/11/2010 7:10:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: swarthyguy

It is Hillary Clinton on one of her peace missions.


29 posted on 05/11/2010 7:12:07 PM PDT by Irisshlass
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To: CrazyIvan

Nope - no scales.


30 posted on 05/11/2010 7:20:21 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Just another day in Oceania.)
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To: Patton@Bastogne

yessir, but I have had it better than I deserve.


31 posted on 05/11/2010 7:51:13 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: TaraP

Simple reason. He heard there was a whaling wall in East Jerusalem.


32 posted on 05/11/2010 7:54:30 PM PDT by small voice in the wilderness
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Maybe it came to make Aliya. It’s hanging around waiting for the Misrad Hapnim clerks to condescend to notice it, and scream at it to wait ‘til it’s called.


33 posted on 05/11/2010 10:57:44 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 ( Two-state solution: A bad idea whose time has gone.)
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To: TaraP

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/whale/index?tab=articles


34 posted on 05/12/2010 2:07:24 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: Eleutheria5

It is probably the recently unemployed George Galloway on his way to Gaza


35 posted on 05/12/2010 5:42:04 AM PDT by Beakerkin
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To: small voice in the wilderness

Simple reason. He heard there was a whaling wall in East Jerusalem.

Would he go there and blubber?


36 posted on 05/12/2010 7:23:17 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (What's "My Struggle" in Kenyan?)
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To: Kenny Bunk

“Did someone check to see if this whale was even Jewish.”

In a pirate voice:

“Ay, I knew the mohel who peformed the bris. Brave man he was! Earned his silver that day, he did.”


37 posted on 05/12/2010 7:30:39 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: CrazyIvan

All sea mammals, such as dolphins, whales and seals are not kosher.


38 posted on 05/12/2010 7:35:14 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca
I knew the mohel

Originally known as Moishe The Mohel, it is a little known fact that this brave Jewish whaler moved to Nantucket, sailed with captain Ahab, and was known to his shipmates as Maurice, the Yankee Clipper.

39 posted on 05/12/2010 9:05:11 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Obama. He'll bring back States' Rights. In the meantime, this ain't gonna be pretty.)
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To: Kenny Bunk
Pretty funny, but a huge percentage of the "Pirates of the Carabbean" were Jewish --- a by product of the Spanish Inquisition --- many sailors were Jewish or were of Jewish stock (e.g., Chris Columbus) and many struck out on their own instead of facing persecution.

There's a great book about this:



http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl/9780385513982.html
40 posted on 05/12/2010 9:53:57 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca
Jewish Pirates, Jewish Gauchos, Jewish Settlers of New Mexico, Jews all over Southern Italy. Jews in Ethiopia!
And now this wandering whale. No wonder the goyim are feeling threatened. They are surrounded by land and sea!
41 posted on 05/12/2010 10:45:27 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Obama. He'll bring back States' Rights. In the meantime, this ain't gonna be pretty.)
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To: TaraP
I'll bet this was first “notice” by Israeli Navy. There are pretty sophisticated monitoring systems for underwater activity in the area. Can imagine the guy on the monitor trying to figure what this hulk was going through the water, when it should not be there in the first place... Would have been a very interesting discussion.
42 posted on 05/12/2010 10:48:53 AM PDT by Quick Shot
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To: CrazyIvan

No.


43 posted on 05/12/2010 11:50:23 AM PDT by madison10
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To: Beakerkin

Or maybe from Gaza. They don’t want him there, either.


44 posted on 05/12/2010 12:07:16 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 ( Two-state solution: A bad idea whose time has gone.)
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