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Humpback Whale Spotted in Gulf of Bothnia

The Finnish Coast guard has been following what they believe to be a humpback whale in the Gulf of Bothnia. The whale was spotted off the western coast Sunday night near Himanka.

The Coast Guard confirmed the sighting, and believe they’ve identified the species of whale thanks to photos and footage taken with a mobile phone camera. This animal is approximately 7-8 metres long.

Humpback whales are very rare in Finnish waters - the last sighting was in 1978. Experts say that while the whale might survive for the moment, food may become too scarce for it to live through the winter. Finding enough suitable food in the summer is difficult enough.

While extremely rare in the Baltic, it’s not entirely out of the question for the humpback whale to have ended up here. They are found in seas from the Arctic to the tropics.

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