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THREE WHALES SIGHTED OFF DENIA

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The American naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews called the fin whale

Participants in an Environmental program currently being run by volunteers and supervised by the Marine Environment and Fisheries Agency (SAMIP), have had three sightings of fin whales off the coast of Les Rotes, Denia.

The City Council said that the sightings occurred on Monday and "they are quite common to these shores, especially between May and September."

Volunteers watched the mammals while they were sailing in an area off El Trampolí in waters of the marine reserve of Cap de Sant Antoni.

The first sighting was of two whales that were heading out to sea with a third whale moving closer to the coast. For about an hour, volunteers followed the whales aboard their vessel manned by staff from SAMIP.

The fin whale is the second longest animal in the world and second largest rorqual after the blue whale, growing to 27.3 metres (89.5 ft) long and weighing nearly 74 tonnes.

The American naturalist Roy Chapman Andrews called the fin whale "the greyhound of the sea.”

The initiative of the marine fisheries and environmental volunteering has attracted the interest of many people from all over Spain where in recent years there has been far more interest shown in coastal activities, species and birds.

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