Whale sightings

A humpback whale has been spotted several times swimming off the Norfolk Coast.

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Kate Prout in search of the elusive humpback whale

Now how hard can it be to spot a whale? Well if it's the one that's been sighted off the Norfolk and Suffolk coast recently, on today's showing, the answer is, pretty tough.

A bit like the Loch Ness Monster there have been photos and some people say they've seen what is thought to be a humpback but as Kate Prout found out, if it is out there, like Nessie, it's playing hard to get.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout

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Humpback whale spotted off Norfolk

Humpback whale spotted off the Norfolk Coast Credit: Robin Chittenden from Birdline East Anglia

For the first time ever a humpback whale has been spotted off the Norfolk coast. The whale is estimated to be about 10 to 12 metres in length. It's been seen off Hemsby near Great Yarmouth, Horsey and Winterton but only two or three miles offshore making it difficult to be seen clearly.**

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Humpback whale spotted off the Norfolk Coast Credit: Robin Chittenden from Birdline East Anglia

Humpbacks are identified by their large flippers - almost one-third of their body size, the hump on their backs and distinctive markings on their underside. They can reach** between 40 and 50 feet in length, and weigh up to 48 tons. They are the fifth largest of their species.**

Humpback whale blowing Credit: Robin Chittenden from Birdline East Anglia

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