One of the largest ever known gatherings of Fin Whales in British waters has recently been observed in the Celtic Deep, 50-70 nautical miles off the coasts of north Cornwall and south west Pembrokeshire by MARINElife researchers currently on a three-week research cruise conducting cetacean and seabird surveys on board the Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) research vessel, the R.V. Cefas Endeavour. On the afternoon of the 21st May, 21 Fin Whale were observed in the Celtic Deep, with the gathering of whales extending over at least ten miles of ocean.
The Fin Whale is the second largest living animal on the planet, growing up to 88 feet long and weighing up to 120 tonnes. It is on the IUCN Red List of globally endangered species.
Dr Tom Brereton, MARINElife Research Director commented: "We have been monitoring Fin Whale numbers in their Bay of Biscay stronghold for over 15 years, so we are used to seeing large numbers, but to see so many within British waters in close proximity is unprecedented and an exciting new discovery."
For more information on this exciting sighting, please read our press release here .