Nov 5 - World's Rarest Whale Seen for First Time

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Nov 5 - World's Rarest Whale Seen for First Time
 

 

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Two spade-toothed beaked whales, a mother and calf, stranded and died on Opape Beach on the North Island of New Zealand.
The world's rarest whale has been spotted for the first time, in New Zealand, where two of the whales stranded themselves.

The two spade-toothed beaked whales, a mother and calf, stranded and died on Opape Beach on the North Island of New Zealand, in December 2010. The mother was 17 feet (5.3 meters) long and the calf was 11 feet (3.5 m) long.

A report describing the whales and the analysis of their DNA appears in the Nov. 6 issue of the journal Current Biology.

"Up until now, all we have known about the spade-toothed beaked whale was from three partial skulls collected from New Zealand and Chile over a 140-year period. It is remarkable that we know almost nothing about such a large mammal," Rochelle Constantine, a marine biologist at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, said in a statement. "This is the first time this species has ever been seen as a complete specimen, and we were lucky enough to find two of them."

At first, the animals were thought to be much more common Gray's beaked whales. Their identity came to light following routine DNA analysis, which was done as part of a 20-year program to collect data on beaked whale species in New Zealand waters. New Zealand is a known hotspot for whale stranding, and it has the highest rates and greatest diversities of stranded whale species in the world, the researchers report.

The New Zealand Department of Conservation photographed the animals and collected tissue samples.

"When these specimens came to our lab, we extracted the DNA as we usually do for samples like these, and we were very surprised to find that they were spade-toothed beaked whales," Constantine said. "We ran the samples a few times to make sure before we told everyone."

The researchers said they have no idea why the whales have remained so elusive.

"It may be that they are simply an offshore species that lives and dies in the deep ocean waters and only rarely wash[es] ashore," Constantine said.

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 5 years ago '04        #2
ruff 6 heat pts
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annnnnnnnd of course it's already dead
 5 years ago '10        #3
TheMindOf 21 heat pts21
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Look like he owed the wrong people money..

Yikes
 5 years ago '05        #4
Junior G 114 heat pts114
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i seen like 3 of them at the beach last week
 5 years ago '06        #5
Special Edd 167 heat pts167
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Deformed dolphin.

Retarphin.

Fishes have birth defects too gosh..
 5 years ago '12        #6
Boo The Fool 12 heat pts12
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spotted, my a.ss.
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dj X 33 heat pts33
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Spotted dead
 11-06-2012, 01:35 AM         #8
Silver N Black 
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dolphins in the cut, that's a scary sight
 11-06-2012, 01:52 AM         #9
TheMob 
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First pic. Soft a.ss whale.

Bet that whale a f*ggot
 5 years ago '11        #10
GetuOne 73 heat pts73
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I would have rather not seen it dead. But whatever, I guess it's even rarer now then it ever was
 5 years ago '04        #11
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Look like two damn dolphins to me
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 ruff said:
annnnnnnnd of course it's already dead
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 TheMindOf said:
Look like he owed the wrong people money..

Yikes
 11-06-2012, 06:58 PM         #14
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Spotted dead
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 TheMindOf said:
Look like he owed the wrong people money..

Yikes
 11-06-2012, 08:46 PM         #16
dxl 
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The Fish Mafia got him
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Dat 1 Dude 
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I always see these in Cincinnati..
Foreal
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 Special Edd said:
Deformed dolphin.

Retarphin.

Fishes have birth defects too gosh..
this n*gga edd never disappoints
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 Special Edd said:
Deformed dolphin.

Retarphin.

Fishes have birth defects too gosh..
x 1000
 11-06-2012, 09:58 PM         #20
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 Special Edd said:
Deformed dolphin.

Retarphin.

Fishes have birth defects too gosh..



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