Rare, magical, but not so exceptional.

"The Channel is a migratory corridor", explains to

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, Marie Francou


in charge of marine mammal missions at the Normandy mammalogy group.

And boaters more and more often have a smartphone at their fingertips.

The short video made last Thursday relayed on social networks, nevertheless totals hundreds of views and fascinates.

A humpback whale, "well recognizable by its dorsal fin", describes the specialist, was observed off Courseulles-sur-Mer (Calvados), tells 

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The cetacean, which measures about 15 meters in adulthood, was spotted, “by a dog”, 



"They go up the English Channel to reach more northern waters"

“Populations of this species have recovered well all over the world.

And it's been quite a few years now that around the British Isles or around Ireland there's been a lot of sightings.

Between spring and summer.

And as far as Scandinavia.

And so we know that there are humpback whales that come from the Caribbean, or from Cape Verde, and which, in spring or summer, go up the English Channel, the Celtic Sea, the North Sea, to reach the waters more northerly", noted in 

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Sami Hassani, responsible for the conservation of marine mammals and birds in Brittany at the Océanopolis aquarium in Brest (Finistère).

A month ago, a humpback whale had also made the show off Perros-Guirec (Côtes-d'Armor).


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