Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Climate refugee at sea

BBC Earth News reports that the grey whale sighted last month off the coast of Israel has now been spotted off Barcelona by members of Submon, a divers club from Catalonia.

The BBC reports that Nicola Hodgins of the Whales and Dolphins Conservation Society (WDCS) says she believes the whales' next logical step would be to turn North after passing the strait of Gibraltar, and continue along the coasts of France and the UK.

But I think something very cool the whale could do instead is to head South, and turn up at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission in Agadir, Morocco in two weeks time.

The only logical explanation to the presence of this grey whale in the Mediterranean continues to be that it is a climate refugee, lost after entering the recently opened Arctic North West passage, as I wrote on 12 May here Chez Rémi.

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