Extinct gray whale spotted in Massachusetts off Nantucket coast

A gray whale was spotted off the Nantucket coast last week. The species is thought to have been extinct from the Atlantic Ocean for over 200 years.

In a rare event, a gray whale has been spotted off the coast of Massachusetts. It’s a species that has been extinct from the Atlantic for more than 200 years.

The whale was spotted last Friday by the New England Aquarium’s aerial survey team about 30 miles off Nantucket, a tiny island off Cape Cod and a popular summer tourist destination.

As the aerial survey plane circled for 45 minutes, the whale repeatedly dived and resurfaced and appeared to be feeding, according to a release from the aquarium. Afterward, researchers reviewed their photos and confirmed that it was indeed a gray whale.

“My brain was trying to process what I was seeing, because this animal was something that should not really exist in these waters,” research technician Kate Laemmle said in a news release. “We were laughing because of how wild and exciting this was − to see an animal that disappeared from the Atlantic hundreds of years ago.”

First appeared on www.usatoday.com

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