A calf nicknamed Wally has been wandering the waters of the Mediterranean for several days, when he has nothing to do there. Its natural habitat is found in the North Pacific, thousands of kilometers away. It seems almost impossible to get him back to the ocean, especially since he has lost a lot of weight.
In the waters of the Mediterranean, a seven-meter-long calf seems to be moving peacefully. However, he did get lost. The animal belongs to the species of gray whales, native to the North Pacific Ocean. The person concerned was first observed in Morocco, then in Italy, to finally find himself, a few days ago, in the port of Bormes-les-Mimosas, in the Var. It was an unprecedented spectacle for a yachtsman, Tom Hilaire, who went out to wakeboard: “She appeared just to the left of the boat, she got out to breathe, she dived back into the water and turned left. “For the young man, this experience was”unbelievable“.”On the one hand, it’s super sad because she has nothing to do here“, he adds.
Its presence in the Mediterranean could have several causes. “Either it’s a disruption because of global warming, or she was disturbed by an explosion or a volcano, or she simply got lost by being excluded from her group.“, explains Jérémy Nemoz, biologist healer at the Seaquarium of Grau-du-Roi (Gard). Tuesday, May 4, the animal was seen in the port of Sète (Hérault). Its situation does not, however, lead to optimism because he lost at least 40% of his weight due to the inadequate diet of the Mediterranean Sea.