Last weekend, authorities discovered the carcass of a giant finback whale in the Mediterranean Sea. The finback whale, or Balaenoptera physiolus, is the second largest animal species on Earth. It measured 65 feet in length and is estimated to weigh over 77 tons, the largest ever discovered.
The length and approximate weight make it one of the largest whale corpses found in the Mediterranean Sea. The whale was discovered when a young calf swam into Sorrento Harbor in what was described as a state of crisis. Coast Guard officials say several times his head hit the port wall before retreating from underwater.
Divers were dispatched and chased under the calf’s water and discovered the winged whale’s corpse. Officials believe that the calf is the offspring of the deceased whale. Marine biologists have been called in to kill the whale. Finback whales can grow up to 85 feet long and up to 80 tons.
They are considered an endangered species and are species that were destroyed by commercial whaling in the last century. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that the biggest threats to FinBacks today are boat attacks. It is not clear at this time whether a boat killed this particular whale.
Nobody thinks what is the largest animal on earth, which would be a blue whale. The Blue Whale is the largest animal present in recorded history and can reach 110 feet long. The largest specimens weigh up to 150 tons. In that perspective, it is more than twice as heavy as a school bus and three times as heavy as a big rig tractor and trailer.