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12 The Portugal News •  23 Mar 2019                                News


      World’s second-biggest shark spotted off Algarve



      coast             A dwarf whale and a basking shark were both spotted off                      he basking shark, about  is “totally harmless to humans”
                                                                                                     seven metres long, was
                                                                                                                           and that “it is a natural and
                        the Algarve coast on the same day last weekend.                              spotted off Faro Island  regular presence” in the waters
                                                                                              Ton Saturday, during a       of the sea off the Algarve coast.
                                                                                              leisurely boat trip being enjoyed  Also on Saturday, another ‘giant
                                                                                              by a group of friends during the  of the seas’ was sighted on the
                                                                                              recent spring-like weather.  same coast, albeit in a different
                                                                                              The animal is the second largest  location.
                                                                                              living shark in the world, after the  A dwarf whale was spotted off the
                                                                                              whale shark, and one of three  lighthouse of Alfanzina, near
                                                                                              plankton-eating shark species,  Carvoeiro, in the municipality of
                                                                                              along with the whale shark and  Lagoa.
                                                                                              megamouth shark.             The mammal was sighted during
                                                                                              Adults typically reach 6–8 metres  a tourist boat trip aboard a whale-
                                                                                              in length and are usually greyish-  watching vessel and by coastal
                                                                                              brown, with mottled skin.    hikers.
                                                                                  A basking
                                                                                   A basking
                                                                                   A basking
                                                                                   A basking
                                                                                  A basking   Newspaper Correio da Manhã   The captain of the boat estimated
                                                                                   shark was
                                                                                   shark was
                                                                                   shark was
                                                                                  shark was
                                                                                  shark was   reported that the shark spotted  that the whale was at least “seven
                                                                                  spotted off
                                                                                   spotted off
                                                                                   spotted off
                                                                                   spotted off
                                                                                  spotted off  off Faro island was “almost the  or eight metres long”.
                                                                                   Faro Island
                                                                                  Faro Island  size of the boat” in which the  Biologist Élio Vicente explained
                                                                                  Faro Island
                                                                                   Faro Island
                                                                                   Faro Island
                                                                                   last
                                                                                   last
                                                                                   last
                                                                                  last        person who filmed it was     that it is also normal for dwarf
                                                                                  last
                                                                                  weekend.
                                                                                   weekend.
                                                                                  weekend.
                                                                                   weekend.
                                                                                   weekend.
                                                                                  (Photo:     travelling, at about seven metres.  whales to pass along the Algarve
                                                                                   (Photo:
                                                                                   (Photo:
                                                                                  (Photo:
                                                                                   (Photo:
                                                                                   Lusa/Nuno
                                                                                   Lusa/Nuno
                                                                                   Lusa/Nuno
                                                                                  Lusa/Nuno
                                                                                  Lusa/Nuno   Marine biologist Élio Vicente  coast, but stressed that “it is not
                                                                                   Sá)
                                                                                   Sá)
                                                                                   Sá)
                                                                                  Sá)
                                                                                  Sá)         explained that the basking shark  easy to spot them”.
      Portugal classifies Lines of Torres Vedras as national heritage
       Portugal’s government has classified the forts and military roads built over 200 years ago to safeguard Lisbon from the French invasions, also known as
       Portugal’s government has classified the forts and military roads built over 200 years ago to safeguard Lisbon from the French  invasions, also known asinvasions, also known as
       Portugal’s government has classified the forts and military roads built over 200 years ago to safeguard Lisbon from the French invasions, also known asinvasions, also known as
       Portugal’s government has classified the forts and military roads built over 200 years ago to safeguard Lisbon from the French
       Portugal’s government has classified the forts and military roads built over 200 years ago to safeguard Lisbon from the French
       the Lines of Torres Vedras, as national heritage.
       the Lines of Torres Vedras, as national heritage.
       the Lines of Torres Vedras, as national heritage.
       the Lines of Torres Vedras, as national heritage.
       the Lines of Torres Vedras, as national heritage.
        The law was approved at a cabinet  earlier but we embrace it with great  The government also announced the  3rd French invasion - one of the most
       meeting and is aimed at “preserving the  pleasure, because it is an added value to  creation of a special protection area  remarkable episodes of Peninsular War.
       memory of this defensive system,    the preservation of this important heritage  around each of the buildings.  In 2014, the Portuguese parliament
       acknowledging its historical interest”  and will help us promote it as a touristic  The Lines of Torres Vedras are a military  established October 20 as the National
       during the Peninsular War, the      site”, the president of the association for  defence system that dictated the ultimate  Day of the Lines of Torres.
       government press release said.      the Lines of Torres Vedras told Lusa News  withdrawal of the Napoleonic army of  The Lines of Torres Vedras welcome
        “This decision should have been taken  Agency.                          Portugal, in what became known as the  10,000 visitors every year.                TPN/Lusa
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