Was New Beaked Whale Species Discovered off Mexico’s Western Coast?

Though up to 5 meters long, they can be hard for scientists to observe as they tend to swim and feed mostly at depths of around 3,000 meters, surfacing only occasionally for air.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Researchers believe they have found a previously unknown species of beaked whale in waters off Mexico's western coast. If confirmed, the new species would mark a significant discovery among giant mammals.

The team of researchers came upon three unusual specimens while tracking a different, rare species of typically shy beaked whales on November 17th near Mexico's remote San Benito Islands, about 500 kilometers south of the U.S. border.

“These animals popped to the surface right next to the boat,” said Jay Barlow, a marine mammal biologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in . . .

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