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A Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus) Stranding on Failaka Island, State of Kuwait

‫ دولة الكويت‬، ‫جنوح حوت ُمزعنف على شاطئ جزيرة فيلكا‬ By: Prof. Dr. Norman Ali Bassam Ali Taher KhalafSakerfalke von Jaffa A 14-meter Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus Linnaeus, 1758) was found stranding on the eastern coast of the Kuwaiti Failaka Island on Friday 28.02.2014.

The 14-meter Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus Linnaeus, 1758) which was stranded on the Kuwaiti Failaka Island on Friday 28.02.2014. https://www.kuna.net.kw/ Failaka Island (Arabic: ‫جزٌرة فٌلكا‬‎jazīrat Faylakah / Fēlaka ) is a Kuwaiti Island in the Arabian/Persian Gulf. The island is 20 km off the coast of Kuwait City in the Arabian Gulf. The name "Failaka" is thought to be derived from the ancient Greek φυλάκιο(ν) - fylakio(n) "outpost" (Wikipedia).

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Kuwait Environment Protection Society (KEPS) urged authorities to make use of the recently beached fin whale at Failaka Island as an educational tool for students and the public alike, a statement by the Society said on Saturday 01.03.2014 (KUNA, 01.03.2014). KEPS's director Wijdan Al-Eqab indicated in a press statement that the bone or skeleton structure of the dead whale should be preserved and made ready for display to the public at one of the museums in the country, preferably at the Science Musuem. This beached whale at Failaka Island has been found to be 14 meters long. Fin whales are the second longest animals on earth and the second largest rorqual after the blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), growing to 27.3 metres (89.5 feet) long and weighing nearly 74 tonnes (73 long tons; 82 short tons) (Wikipedia).

The 14-meter Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus Linnaeus, 1758) which was stranded on the Kuwaiti Failaka Island on Friday 28.02.2014. http://www.greenline.com.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?tp=5369 Al-Eqab said that word has reached KEPS through the social media that two more beached whales have been found, one at the Abul-Hasania Beach and another at the Jelaia'a Beach, both being of a much smaller size than the fin whale at Failaka Island. In fact the size of the small ones ranged between one and oneand-a-half meters, said the director. She added that fin whales roam many areas in the world including the Indian Ocean from which the beached one at Failaka Island most probably came. She also guessed that the whale had likely lost its way and was carried off by swift currents to the Arabian Gulf. No reason for its death has been determined as of yet, she said (KUNA, 01.03.2014). Gazelle : The Palestinian Biological Bulletin – Number 119 – November 2014


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The 14-meter Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus Linnaeus, 1758) which was stranded on the Kuwaiti Failaka Island on Friday 28.02.2014. Source : Watannews. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=431743610304444&set=pcb.4317465703041 48&type=1&theater Gazelle : The Palestinian Biological Bulletin – Number 119 – November 2014


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The fin mammoth whale that has recently come ashore Kuwait's Failaka Island is said to have perished due to swallowing up some robes, according to an environmental authority (KUNA, 02.03.2014). These cords were stuck deep in the whale's mouth and are believed to have obstructed food intakes, said Talal Al-Serhan, in charge of marine environment sciences at the Scientific Club, in a statement on Sunday 02.03.2014. A club team worked for four hours to extract samples and make measurements of the dead whale but the task was difficult due to the corpse decaying and emission of some gases from it, he indicated, urging for hasty burial of the whale to avoid some more harmful effects (KUNA, 02.03.2014).

The 14-meter Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus Linnaeus, 1758) which was stranded on the Kuwaiti Failaka Island on Friday 28.02.2014. Source : Watannews. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=431743746971097&set=pcb.4317465703041 48&type=1&theater The Deputy Director General of the Environment Public Authority (EPA) for technical affairs Eng. Mohammad Al-Enezi said EPA is following up the incidents of fish perishing through a scientific methodology in order to provide credible information to the public opinion (KUNA, 03.03.2014). "Citizens have the right to know the causes of such incidents particularly after the death of a fin whale two days ago. EPA is probing these causes seriously and carefully as it usually does in such incidents," he told KUNA on Monday 03.03.2014. "Whales have a great value for scientific research given the fact that they are among the species protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). "The EPA specialists are examining a recently dead whale; they opened three holes in its belly to get samples of the gases inside and analyze them," Eng. AlEnezi revealed (KUNA, 03.03.2014). Gazelle : The Palestinian Biological Bulletin – Number 119 – November 2014


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After examining the biological samples taken in the first 24 hours after the death of the whale, the expert team will conduct a full autopsy on the carcass on 04.03.2014 to determine whether there were any disorders in the functions of its liver and other organs of the whale, he noted. The EPA-led examinations are conducted in collaboration with the Public Authority for Agriculture and Fish Resources (PAAFR), Kuwait Municipality, the Scientific Center and Kuwait Oil Company, Eng. Al-Enezi went on. He thanked the ministries of defense and interior for the great support they offered to the EPA efforts. The EPA has great technical potentials which enabled it to handle similar incidents successfully in the past. The 14-meter long fin whale was found dead on the shores of Failaka Island on Friday 28.02.2014. This type of whales is the second largest mammal animal on Earth after the blue whale; its length could reach 24 meters in the northern hemisphere and 27 meters in the southern hemisphere (KUNA, 03.03.2014).

The 14-meter Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus Linnaeus, 1758) which was stranded on the Kuwaiti Failaka Island on Friday 28.02.2014. http://www.q8ping.com/64403.html The only undersea earthquake that could have injured this whale occurred in the Arabian Sea about 2,000 miles upstream from Kuwait at 11 p.m. at night on 13.02.2014. It was extremely shallow (3 km) and very whale dangerous (Capt. David Williams, 2014). Magnitude mb 5.2 Region CARLSBERG RIDGE Date time 2014-02-13 18:57:35.0 UTC Gazelle : The Palestinian Biological Bulletin – Number 119 – November 2014


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Location 9.14 N ; 58.22 E Depth 3 km below the ocean's surface Distance 1552 km N of Victoria, Seychelles / pop: 22,881 / local time: 22:57:35.0 2014-02-13 979 km SE of Şalālah, Oman / pop: 163,140 / local time: 22:57:35.0 2014-02-13 This quake was also a vertical thrusting event making it extremely dangerous to any whales above the epicenter. The general flow of the surface currents in February was from the epicenter towards the Gulf of Oman and then into the Arabian/Persian Gulf. Fin whales are one of the fastest cetaceans and can sustain speeds of between 37 kilometres per hour (23 mph) and 41 kilometres per hour (25 mph). This whale would have easily traveled downstream 150 miles per day, arriving near Kuwait at the end of February in perfect time with this beaching (Capt. David Williams, 2014).

The 14-meter Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus Linnaeus, 1758) which was stranded on the Kuwaiti Failaka Island on Friday 28.02.2014. http://www.q8ping.com/64403.html

How Do I know it is a Fin Whale? Fin whales are the second largest whale and can be easily confused with blue whales because of their large size. Fin whales, however, have a very distinctive dorsal fin and asymmetrical coloration. While blue whales have a somewhat stumpy dorsal fin and are uniformly grayish in color, fin whales have a very pronounced and falcate dorsal fin and have a whitish face on the right side and a gray face on the left side. Additionally the baleen, tongue and mouth cavity are Gazelle : The Palestinian Biological Bulletin – Number 119 – November 2014


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also colored this way! Fin whales also have a pale V-shape behind their head (Ocean Institute). Fin whales rarely show their flukes (tails). However, they are known to breach, or come out of the water, splashing down on their sides in a spectacular display. Fin whales are indifferent to boats and will rarely approach or show curiosity. It was reported that one fin whale decided to scratch its back on the bottom of the Sea Explorer one day - to the delight and surprise of passengers and crew! Like other rorquals, the fin whale is thought to migrate to cooler waters in the summer time and warmer waters in the winter time. There is a resident population in the Gulf of California (Ocean Institute). Fin whales are more sociable than other rorqual whales. They are often found in small pods of 3-7 whales (Chapter 10: Whales and Whaling). Like blue whales, fin whales use low frequency calls to communicate with other fin whales over long distances (Ocean Institute).

Human Impact Hunting fin whales was banned in 1986. Fin whales, like other rorquals, were not hunted until the early 20th century because of their great speed. It took the mechanization of boats and harpoons for whalers to be able to capture fin whales. When blue whales became depleted, whalers switched to fin whales. Because they are slow growing, and slow to reproduce, their populations are slow to rebound. A few whales are taken each year by local populations in Greenland and for scientific purposes (Ocean Institute).

Ropes was found in the mouth of the 14-meter Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus Linnaeus, 1758) which was stranded on the Kuwaiti Failaka Island on Friday 28.02.2014. http://alwatan.kuwait.tt/ArticleDetails.aspx?Id=341175&YearQuarter=20141

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Erste Auflage / First Edition : July 2013, Shaaban 1434 H. 364 Seiten / Pages (English / German Part 350 Pages and the Arabic Part 14 Pages). Publisher: Dar Al Jundi Publishing House, Jerusalem, Palestine. http://dr-norman-alikhalaf-books.webs.com/faunapalaestinapart3.htm Khalaf-Sakerfalke von Jaffa, Prof. Dr. Sc. Norman Ali Bassam Ali Taher (2014). A Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus) Stranding on Failaka Island, State of Kuwait. Gazelle - The Palestinian Biological Bulletin (ISSN 0178-6288). Number 119. November 2014. pp. 1-13. Dubai and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. http://animals-of-kuwait.webs.com/

The 14-meter Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus Linnaeus, 1758) which was stranded on the Kuwaiti Failaka Island on Friday 28.02.2014. http://www.alsharq.com/news/details/215530 KUNA (Kuwait News Agency). Beached blue whale perfect educational tool, says KEPS. 01/03/2014. http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2363842&language=en KUNA. Whale on Failaka may have perished due to swallowing ropes. 02.03.2014. http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2363964&Language=en KUNA. EPA examines death of fin whale. 03.03.2014. https://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2364272&language=en KUNA. Kuwait probes causes of dolphin deaths along coasts. 09.03.2014. http://www.kuna.net.kw/ArticleDetails.aspx?id=2365321&language=en Kuwait Diving Team. Dead Whale. http://www.frequency.com/video/deadwhale-kuwait-diving-team/153611702/-/5-227322 KUWAIT TIMES. WHALES BEACHED ON KUWAIT COAST. HTTP://NEWS.KUWAITTIMES.NET/WHALES-BEACHED-KUWAITCOAST/ Ocean Institute. The Fin Whale. http://www.oceaninstitute.org/visitor/fin.html Wikipedia. Blue Whale. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_whale Gazelle : The Palestinian Biological Bulletin – Number 119 – November 2014


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Wikipedia. Failaka Island. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Failaka_Island Wikipedia. Fin Whale. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin_whale Williams, Capt. David (2014) . BLUE WHALE HIT BY UNDERSEA EARTHQUAKE STRANDS IN KUWAIT. 02.03.2014. http://deafwhale.blogspot.ae/2014/03/blue-whale-hit-by-underseaearthquake.html WWF. Fin Whale. http://worldwildlife.org/species/fin-whale

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A Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus) Stranding on Failaka Island, State of Kuwait