With the containment and reduction of maritime traffic, cetaceans are approaching the coasts.
Two whales were observed Tuesday April 7 off the creeks of Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône), reports Wednesday France Bleu Provence. These rare images are undoubtedly linked to the effects of confinement.
After the dolphins and the schools of tuna, at the end of March, the agents of the Coastal Unit for Maritime Affairs of Bouches-du-Rhône were able to observe these two fin whales during a patrol at sea. This type of encounter is “very rare“, attests Didier Réault, President of the Parc national des calanques. With less traffic at sea and fewer people on the rare boats, cetaceans are approaching the coasts and nature is resuming its rights. “It is not that these species had disappeared, it is that in normal activity, the species tend to hide, to be more fearful. This biodiviersity shows up today because it is calm and serene“, explains Didier Réault.
2 whales were observed in the @ParcCalanque
Rare images captured by the ULAM13 patrol. This observation of the 2nd largest animal in the world is an indication of + on a potential effect of confinement on the behavior of wild fauna. https://t.co/YWPadL0DXH pic.twitter.com/YnpbaOBEgC
– Calanques Park (@ParcCalanques) April 8, 2020
“This meeting with the second largest animal in the world comes after three weeks of very rich naturalistic observations: dolphins, tuna, sea birds“, notes the Calanques National Park.”It is an additional indication of a probable effect of confinement on the behavior of wildlife. “
The fin whale, 15 to 20 meters long and weighing between 50 and 70 tonnes, is the second largest animal in the world after the blue whale. According to the officers who had the chance to observe the whales, they were swimming “peacefully“and”not far from the coast“in a calm sea.