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Rare whale spotted in English Channel off Dover

A survey team made the rare sighting off Dover Credit: ORCA

A rare sighting of a Humpback Whale was made by the ORCA survey team on Thursday as the ship sailed near Dover en route from Southampton to Norway.

The team were alerted to the presence of a large whale by passengers who saw distinctive long pectoral fins slapping the surface of the water.

It is highly unusual to see one in the English Channel, so as a precaution the team have contacted the British Divers Marine Life Rescue in case the whale is lost, unwell or at risk of stranding.