Lost in Search of Lunch: Rare Pacific Whale Spotted Off Israel's Coast

Gray Whales usually live in Pacific Ocean; estimated to have reached Israel's shores in search of food.


Gray Whale spotted off the Herzlyia shoreline on Saturday, May 8, 2010.

A gray whale, over 15 meters long, was spotted off the Herzliya coast on Saturday - the first time this species has been seen in Israel, according to Israel's Marine Mammal Research & Assistance Center.

Gray whales usually live in the Pacific Ocean, and it is still unclear what the whale was doing so far away from it's usual habitat, or so close to the shoreline.

IMMRAC said that the whale, which feeds on crustaceans that live mostly in shallow waters, most likely strayed from its normal migration path in search of food.