Endangered whale seen off Iceland, 3rd there in 30 years

In this April 10, 2008 file photo, the blowhole of a North Atlantic right whale is seen from the research vessel Shearwater's upper deck as the whale moves away from the boat off shore from Provincetown, Mass., in Cape Cod Bay. (AP)
Updated 25 July 2018

Endangered whale seen off Iceland, 3rd there in 30 years

  • The right whales migrate up the US East Coast every year to feed

REYKJAVIK, Iceland: A New England ocean science center says whale watchers off Iceland caught an extremely rare glimpse of an endangered right whale near their country.
The North Atlantic right whale was spotted northwest of Reykjavik (RAY’-kyuh-vik) on Monday.
The Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium in Boston says there have been only three North Atlantic right whales identified off Iceland in the last 30 years.
The center says the whale is called Mogul by researchers and was seen feeding off Marshfield, Massachusetts, in April.
The right whales migrate up the US East Coast every year to feed. But the center says they have had to change where they feed in recent years because of changes in the ocean.
There are only about 450 of the whales.


TWITTER POLL: More than three-quarters say no to failing Turkish lira

Updated 22 September 2020

TWITTER POLL: More than three-quarters say no to failing Turkish lira

  • Lira has lost half its value since 2017
  • Poll finds more than 80% would not invest in falling currency

DUBAI: The Turkish lira has plummeted 22 percent this year, but an Arab News Twitter poll found that most people still don’t have the confidence to invest in the tumbling currency.

About 18 percent of the 1,438 respondents said that a weak lira was worth investing in, while nearly 82 percent said the risk was too great.

Traders will buy currency when it is weak, but tend to only do so if there is confidence that it will eventually climb back up in value – thus making a profit.

The lira – already impacted by the coronavirus and President Recep Erdogan’s authoritarian style of leadership – has suffered increased problems as he printed more money to bolster spending, but instead his plan led to a further devaluation.

Turkey and Erdogan are facing widespread condemnation for their foreign policy, which has seen the country intrude into Greek-claimed waters and interference in Libya and Syria.

There is also growing concern of civil unrest inside the country.

On Monday the currency reached record lows, touching 7.6 against the US dollar – it has lost half its value since the end of 2017.