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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have slaughtered at least two fin whales, the first...

Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

With the very real prospect of Iceland's only fin whale hunter, Kristján Loftsson sending boats...
Humpback whale underwater

Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a...
Long-finned pilot whale

Fishermen in Norway eat pilot whale after entanglement in net

According to local reports, fishermen in Norway ate meat from a long-finned pilot whale after...

True’s beaked whales caught on camera for first time

Scientists have recorded video footage of a group of True’s beaked whales, one the world’s most elusive whales, for the first time.

Beaked whales live in deep, offshore waters so encounters with the creatures are rare. This sighting took place in the Azores on an educational expedition for a group of schoolchildren. The whales came to the surface for around ten minutes. So rare are sightings of this species that scientists studying the footage were able to update their knowledge about the colouration of the whales. They are known to have a white patch on top of the whale’s head, which the footage shows extends further along the body than had previously been thought.

Read the scientific paper at: True’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon mirus) in Macaronesia (PeerJ )

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