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First Underwater Footage of Rare True's Beaked Whale
By Joanna Lentini, March 17, 2017 @ 09:30 PM (EST)
Source: New Scientist


The first underwater footage of three True's beaked whales (Mesoplodon mirus) was recently filmed by researchers in Azores–which lies in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. The whale, which is part of the Ziphiidae family, is not well-known and very few people have ever seen one. 

Researchers were out with schoolchildren when the encounter occurred. And fortunately, the sighting lasted about ten minutes, which provided enough time for one of the researchers to jump in with a GoPro and record the whales. 

Very little is known about these whales as their surface intervals are brief and dives tend to last about two hours. However, the identifying feature of a True's beaked whale is a white patch on its head, which is clearly present in the video.

Certainly, this precious footage will help scientists identify them in the future.

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