Gray whale sighted off coast of Israel

Gray whale 2Whales have  become common sights off the Pacific coastline, where whale watching has become a burgeoning industry. But the northern Atlantic hasn’t seen whales since the 17th or 18th century. Until now that is.

Gray whale 1A gray whale stunned scientists by its appearance last week off the central coast of Israel. It may have taken a “wrong turn” to get there as it made its way through the Arctic Northwest Passage, which, until recently, had been blocked by sea ice.

Definitely another sign of climate change, but perhaps a positive one. Could this be the forerunner of a new whale colonization of the Atlantic? Time will tell.