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The world's largest animal has been photographed in English waters for what is believed to be the first time, and it took place off the coast of Cornwall.

Blue whale surfacing, photographed in English waters off Cornish coast near Fowey Whale similar to one spotted off Cornish coast

The blue whale has been hunted to near-extinction by whalers after the valuable blubber, but as a sign of recovery, has been spotted a few hundred miles off the coast of the South West.

The recent sighting was caught on camera purely by chance, and has been described as conclusive proof that it was in fact a blue whale.

The creature was estimated to be twice as long as a London double decker bus, and was snapped from on-board the RSS James Cook, which was undertaking a marine mammal survey.

The Bay of Biscay was the setting for this wonderful scene, and has been recognised as a hotspot for whales and dolphins. This photo will now further underline the importance of the Bay for marine life.

It is thought that the whale may have been heading south to return to warmer waters, where the species breed and give birth. This would have been after feeding in the waters around Iceland.

It is unknown if this sighting will be a one off, or if we will be lucky to see whales a bit closer to home here in Fowey. What is known is that this sighting could well mean great news for the recovery of the species!

 

Photo courtesy of Mike Baird, under Creative Commons

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