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New beaked whale species discovered in Japan

A new species of beaked whale who lives in the North Pacific has been identified in Japan, according to scientists who have published their discovery in the scientific journal Nature. The whale is thought to possibly be a new member of the Berardius family, which would mean there are now three whales in this group,…

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Baird’s beaked whale

Baird's beaked whale

See all species The largest of the beaked whales, Bairds beaked whales are natural socialites and accomplished divers, swimming to depths of up to 1,200 metres. Study around Bairds beaked whales has led to many questions surrounding their genetic link to other whales. For a long time, it was wondered whether they were in fact…

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Underwater sounds could be from new whale species

Researchers on board a research vessel sailing the waters near the South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands, and Antarctic Peninsula have identified a unique whale song that could well come from a new species of whale. The team investigating the sound included researchers from WDC’s Latin America office in Argentina. The signal, known as the…

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New WDC research reveals story behind whale scars

WDC research fellow and co-director of the Russian Cetacean Habitat Project, Erich Hoyt has revealed that one of the most mysterious whale species form long-term alliances. By identifying individual whales by scars on their bodies, the recently release research highlights that Baird’s beaked whales Baird’s beaked whales , sometimes called giant bottlenose whales, seem to prefer…

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