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Jersey Schoolchildren Gets to See Humpback Whale on Sark Trip and Scream With Laughter

Jersey Schoolchildren Gets to See Humpback Whale
Pictures from St Lawrence Primary School / Pat Wilson

Jersey schoolchildren returning from a day trip to Sark were treated to a thrilling surprise when they spotted a humpback whale. Watch the video here.

Capturing the Moment

Jersey Schoolchildren Gets to See Humpback Whale
Credit: Pat Wilson

Teachers and pupils from St Lawrence Primary School and d’Auvergne School captured the sighting on video and in photos, documenting the memorable encounter on Monday. Watch the video here.

A Young Visitor

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Humpback Whale via Unsplash.

Donna Gicquel de Gruchy from British Divers Marine Life Rescue Channel Islands identified the whale as a young one, adding to the excitement of the sighting.

The Video

YouTube video
Footage captured by Pat Wilson

A Rare and Lucky Sight

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Humpback whales tails have unique patterns. Image via Giles Laurent, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

De Gruchy described the sighting as “very lucky and rare,” expressing hope that it indicated healthy waters in the area. Watch the video here.

Previous Sightings

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Humpback Whale breaching. Image via Deposit Photos

This sighting follows the appearance of two humpback whales off the Channel Islands in July of the previous year, marking a trend of rare visits.

Expert Insight

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Humpback Whale Jumping Out Of The Water. Image by GUDKOVANDREY via Depositphotos

Local wildlife expert Liz Sweet highlighted the rarity and special nature of these sightings, emphasizing their significance for the local marine environment.

Possible Reasons for the Sighting

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Humpback whale breaching. Image via Depositphotos

Sweet proposed that the whales might be getting confused due to the busy and noisy waters of the Bay of Biscay and the Irish coast, which lie along their migration route to Arctic feeding grounds.

Migration Routes

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Image credit: Elianne Dipp via Pexels

Humpback whales undertake a massive migration route through these regions, which may contribute to occasional detours into the Channel Islands’ waters.

Changing Sea Conditions

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Humpback whale. By Giles Laurent – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=142942678

Rising sea temperatures could be drawing the whales’ prey closer to the Channel Islands, providing another possible explanation for the recent sightings.

Following the Food

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Humpback whale under water. Image via Deposit Photos

Sweet suggested that the whales might be following their food sources, leading to brief stopovers in the Channel Islands as they track the movements of fish.

Educational Impact

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Bubble Net Feeding humpback whale. Image via Depositphotos

The sighting provided an unexpected and valuable learning experience for the schoolchildren, highlighting the importance of marine conservation.

Community Excitement

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Humpback whale at Disko Bay (Greenland). Image via Giles Laurent, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The local community was abuzz with excitement following the sighting, with many sharing photos and videos of the young humpback whale.

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