Skip to comments.Previously unseen whale species washes up on New Zealand beach
Posted on 11/06/2012 11:46:52 AM PST by blueplum
Not one but two specimens of the worlds rarest known species of whale have been discovered on a New Zealand beach, according to a report published Monday in the journal Current Biology. The species, called the spade-toothed beaked whale, is so rare that before the find researchers weren't even sure if it still existed.
The two whales washed up on Opape Beach in New Zealands Bay of Plenty. At first scientists thought they were examples of a much more pedestrian species, the Grays beaked whales, which are the most commonly beached whales in the region. But after undertaking a DNA analysis standard procedure for beached whales that die on shore the researchers were shocked to find that the whales were spade-toothed beaked whales, a species with no known sightings that was previously known only from three partial skulls.
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Global warming or to vote for Obama..............
This is really a very bad time for Christie to go on vacation.
Perhaps Greenpeace will push him back into the water and he’ll head home.
Nobody has seen Michael Moore lately have they?
Never ever seen before and the only evidence it existed is three partial skulls.
So, with a very slight genetic difference, we have a whole new species of whale.....and one that still has never been seen.
“...washed up on the beach.”
I’ll get excited when one *walks* up on the beach.
Umm. They must come up for air if it is a whale! So coming up from the deep? Did you fail biology?
Hey, whales are intelligent mammals.
Maybe they came up to vote for Romney and took a left instead of a right at Hawaii.
Did Moo-chelle Obama swim close to new Zealand recently?
That's more likely with a Gray's beaked whale...they are the pedestrian species.
This is simply a case of calling a spade-tooth a spade-tooth.
no, but I did fail composition! I was referring back to this sentence from the article, “they may also die in the deep, making it unlikely that they will wash ashore”
12.21.12 - - It is fast approaching with many signs.
The poor thing died in an encounter with a shaggy eel...
On Dec 21, 2012, Obama will have had a little over a month to stew in his humiliating, crushing and unexpected defeat at the hands of the American people.
Hell still be Commander in Chief.
Hell still have the nuclear football. Just sitting there. Staring at him. Taunting him. Daring him. Double-eaten-dog daring him...
Is it Chris Christie? I thought he was still in New Jersey.
No Christmas shopping..... !!!
You can still Christmas shop — before 12.21.12, but whether or not the gift is ever given will remain to be seen.
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