By Eric Todisco / People.com
A massive dead finback whale that washed up off the coast of southern Italy last week has been identified as “one of the largest” of its species to ever be found in the Mediterranean Sea.
The Italian Coast Guard said in a Facebook post shared last Wednesday that officials discovered the carcass on Jan. 17 off the harbor of Sorrento, near Naples.
According to local reports, coast guard officials located the dead mammal — which reportedly weighed over 77 tons and measured about 65 feet — after a young whale calf swam into the harbor in distress. The calf reportedly rammed its head into the harbor walls several times before going back underwater. When divers followed it, they discovered the carcass of the adult whale.