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November 6 2012

EXTREMELY RARE never-seen-alive WHALES found (briefly) alive


A pair of rare whales that boffins thought might be extinct has washed up on a New Zealand beach.

Marine biologists previously only knew the spade-toothed beaked whale (Mesoplodon traversii) from a few old bones: but then, not one but two of the rare cetaceans, a mother and her male calf, got stranded.

Even when they did show up, researchers first thought that they were the more common Gray's beaked whales, but DNA samples showed that the mammal was indeed the rare spade-toothed breed.

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