Endangered whales sighted off coast of Spain

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POR FIN: Endangered whales now appearing off the coast of Spain. Photo Credit: Josh More / flickr

A POD of endangered fin whales has been spotted off the coast of Spain near Gibraltar.

The fin whale was heavily hunted during the 20th century and is considered as an endangered species.

Closely related to the humpback whale its food consists of small schooling fish, squid and crustaceans.

The second largest mammal after the blue whale, it can grow up to 27 metres long.

In spite of its weight it is sometimes referred to as the greyhound of the sea due to the long slender body and the speed at which it can travel, is able to surpass even the fastest ocean liner.

Conservationists will be happy to know that they are once again inhabiting the Atlantic Ocean.

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