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Rare Shepherd's Beaked Whales captured on video

By Shane Graber - Posted Feb 24, 2012 06:00 AM
By sheer luck, scientists encountered these reclusive whales while searching for blue whales just off the coast of Portland in Victoria, Australia and captured an extremely rare video of an extremely rare whale.
Rare Shepherd's Beaked Whales captured on video

Shepherd's Beaked Whale, Tasmacetus shepherdi.

The Shepherd's Beaked Whale, Tasmacetus shepherdi, is a very secretive whale with only four confirmed at-sea sightings as of 2006. They can reach 20 feet in length and have a dolphin-like beak, with adult males having a set of tusks at the end of their lower jaw.

"I knew from a distance that it was something unusual, something rare" stated Natalie Schmitt, whale scientist.

"To encounter this group was amazing but the fact that they stayed at the surface for so long so that we could get many minutes of footage was unique. ... I've never seen any other footage of Sheperd's beaked whale" mentioned Dr. Michael Double during his interview with ABC News (below).

(via ABC News)

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.


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