There Are Killer Whales in the UAE
We might just be heading to the beach this long weekend!
Umm al Quwain beach to be exact, as a killer whale was spotted there just this Tuesday.
The whales, along with other species such as the humpack, are currently in migration. The Ministry of Environment has issued a statement stressing that hefty fines will be imposed on anyone attempting to harm them.
It should be noted that killer whales, also known as Orcas, are actually large dolphins and do not prey on humans.
“These dolphins do not pose any type of threat to the lives of fishermen or swimmers, and feed on marine mammals, such as fish and seals. Their curiosity will attract them to get close to beaches and while they do not show any type of aggression but like any kind of animal, they do defend themselves in dangerous events,” said Mona Omran Al Shamsi, acting director of Department for Biological Diversification, reports Gulf News.
Two other orcas were also sighted earlier this month, near the Musandam Peninsula of Oman.
We hope we get to see them too!