Pelagos Agreement’s Parties and  Permanent Secretariat are monitoring  a tailless Fin whale specimen (Balaenoptera physalus). Since June 11th, the cetacean has moved from the coast of Calabria, in Southern Italy, towards the Northern Mediterranean, quickly reaching the waters of the Pelagos Sanctuary, along the Tuscan and Ligurian coasts. Yesterday, the fin whale was observed in the French waters of the Sanctuary, close to the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat shores, in the Department Maritime Alps.

This cetacean, long known to scientists and experts operating in the Pelagos Sanctuary, appears thin and presents several parasites. The complete loss of the caudal fin appears to have been caused by a ship strike or a net entanglement, happened last autumn. It is able to move, feed and dive with difficulty. 

Its presence in the waters of the Sanctuary is widely reported in the media and social networks, which could increase the risk of exposure to sources of disturbance. The Permanent Secretariat of the Pelagos Agreement calls on boaters not to approach the Fin whale.

In case of need and/or emergency, please contact the competent authorities at the following coordinates:


Ligurian maritime Direction
Operational department

Genova Harbour Authority
Tel: +39 (0)1 02 77 73 85

Savona Harbour Authority
Tel: +39 (0)19 80 64 76 221

Imperia Harbour Authority
Tel: +39 (0)1 83 66 06 220

La Spezia Harbour Authority
Tel: +39 (0)1 87 25 81 222

Principality of Monaco

Maritime Police Division
Tel: +377 93 15 30 16

Maritime Affairs Division
Tel: +377 98 98 22 80

Environment Division
Tel: +377 98 98 83 41

On-call State action at Sea
Tel: +33 (0)6 82 56 10 96

Italian stranding network
Tel: +39 36 69 25 66 38

French stranding network
Tel : +33 (0)6 08 73 02 92
Email :


Fluker sighting off the coast of Savona, in the Italian waters of the Sanctuary, June 23rd 2020


 Fluker sighting close to the Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat shores, in the French waters of the Sanctuary, June 25th 2020