The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) confirms the recent sighting of a blue whale off Sydney.
According to officials from the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), this giant of the sea may have over 25 metres (82 feet) in length and weighed over 100 tonnes (100,000 kg).
Last month, a blue whale was spotted off the coast of Sydney, Australia, which is believed to have been the third sighting of endangered sea creatures in these waters in a century.
“I’m speechless but could blurt out a million things at the same time,” the photographer named Sean K wrote in a post’s caption on Instagram.
“Yesterday watching a lot of humpbacks travel south in my usual spot at Maroubra, one of the great wonders of the magical ocean appeared in-front of me,” his caption further said.
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Well where do I start; 🐋 I’m speechless but could blurt out a million things at the same time 😲 Yesterday watching a lot of humpbacks travel south in my usual spot at Maroubra, one of the great wonders of the magical ocean appeared in-front of me 👀 A BLUE WHALE 🐋 🐋🐋 THE LARGEST LIVING ANIMAL ON PLANET EARTH 🌍 Although so large they are incredibly hard to ever see especially on the east coast on Australia To put their size into perspective; they grow to around 30metres, their tongue weights the same as an elephant & their heart is the size of a car! Completely mesmerised & feel like I’ve hit the Jackpot👌 Hope you enjoy as much as I still am❤️🐋🌍
He also said, he was “completely mesmerised”, adding, “I feel like I’ve hit the jackpot.”
According to the NPWS’s Andrew Marshall, the mammoth whale was sighted near the beach town of Maroubra, in New South Wales. “The blue whale is the largest animal on the plant yet despite its size it could have easily slipped by Sydney’s coast unnoticed,” he said in a press release.
Despite their size and weight, “blue whales are largely ‘invisible’ even to the most avid whale watchers and researchers”, Marshall said.
He further explained that what is the reason for ‘Blue whales are largely invisible’, detailed NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in a press release.
“This recent sighting is the first verified record of this species off our coast,” Marshall also mentioned.