World's rarest whale seen for the first time

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posted on Nov, 5 2012 @ 01:05 PM
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"This is the first time this species—a whale over five meters in length—has ever been seen as a complete specimen, and we were lucky enough to find two of them," says Rochelle Constantine of the University of Auckland. "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."

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Looks ugly.
If something that big can go un-detetcted for so long, then think about all the deep sea predators that don't come near the surface we haven't discovered.




posted on Nov, 5 2012 @ 01:21 PM
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The sad thing is we didn't even get to see them until they washed up dead on the beach.



posted on Nov, 5 2012 @ 01:23 PM
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Sadder still is that for all we know this could be the last 2 of it's species that died and we have never seen or filmed this whale alive!
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posted on Nov, 5 2012 @ 02:44 PM
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Wow, if this animal managed to avoid contact with humans up until its own extinction, I would say that's potentially one hell of a mark of intelligence, and of a happy existence
Good for them!



posted on Nov, 5 2012 @ 03:00 PM
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Could the incidents of whales beaching themselves enmass be due to a pole change? They navigate using the same principle as birds. Just a thought.



posted on Nov, 6 2012 @ 12:52 AM
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Originally posted by Oannes
Could the incidents of whales beaching themselves enmass be due to a pole change? They navigate using the same principle as birds. Just a thought.


No, all this pole change nonsense needs to stop. It's easilly testable, has not happened.





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